We are the last safety net for the thousands who arrive at our door

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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change.

father and son

A family left homeless

Mohammad first applied for protection in 2009. During the primary stages of his refugee determination process he experienced high levels of depression and anxiety. Now Mohammad, his pregnant wife and two young children are facing homelessness after being cut from lifesaving income support.

ASRC community meals

Feeding the community

Over 90% of all people seeking asylum in Australia run out of food each week with no money to buy more. Everyday the ASRC Food Program is seeing more and more vulnerable people come through the doors who have no income, no work rights and no where to turn to. See what the Food Program means to our community.

mother at ASRC

Facing the health crisis

For Yasmin* facing her second pregnancy without any income or Medicare was terrifying. She couldn’t get scans, blood test and was struggling with family violence as a result of all the stress. With the help of the ASRC Yasmin finally found support. Unfortunately, her story is one of thousands.

Stories

    • 22 JUN 18
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    Together, we made history

    Together, we made history

    Kicking off bright and early, staff and volunteers started trickling in to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Footscray well before the sun rose to welcome the RRR Radio Breakfasters crew who would be broadcasting from the ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day. That very morning, were delighted to announce that Leila Gurruwiwi, proud Yolngu

    • 21 JUN 18
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    Hiring on all cylinders

    Hiring on all cylinders

    Speaking about the Employer Partnerships Program (EPP) at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Employment Program Manager Camille Walles says, ‘The skills profile of our members is so diverse. We see everyone from shepherds to IVF specialists. Literally.’ The EPP sits within a suite of initiatives at the ASRC that offer employment pathways to refugees

    • 19 JUN 18
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    Making history with Dr Burhani

    Making history with Dr Burhani

    Imagine finding yourself as a highly educated, experienced and recognised doctor unable to practice your profession, simply because you were a refugee. For Dr Nadera Burhani this unfathomable position is exactly where she found herself after applying for asylum in Australia. Dr Burhani is a practicing doctor and a public health professional, she arrived in

    • 19 JUN 18
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    Leading our youth by example

    Leading our youth by example

    For staff, volunteers and clients of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, few things are more rewarding than seeing our team members recognised for their commitment and hard work to support people seeking asylum. And when it comes to recognising leaders, the ASRC team were delighted to hear that our very own Youth Empowerment Coordinator Djibril

Latest news

    • 15 JUN 18
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    A young man has died on Nauru, the 12th person in offshore processing camps

    A young man has died on Nauru, the 12th person in offshore processing camps

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has received reports of a suicide of young man on Nauru under Australia’s offshore processing reigime. This is the 12th person to die under the Australian government’s offshore processing policy, and the 5th on Nauru. The ASRC, refugee advocacy organisations and the medical community have been calling on the Turnbull

    • 22 MAY 18
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    Rohingyan refugee dies in road incident on Manus Island – Behrouz & ASRC statements

    Rohingyan refugee dies in road incident on Manus Island – Behrouz & ASRC statements

    Behrouz Boochani’s statement Sadly this morning a Rohingya refugee died in Manus. This man was around 40 years old and was suffering from sever physical illness for a long time. Two years ago immigration sent him to Australia to receive medical treatment but after a while they exiled him back to Manus again without any

    • 17 MAY 18
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    ASRC warns against putting vulnerable people and families on Bridging E Visa

    ASRC warns against putting vulnerable people and families on Bridging E Visa

    The next wave of around 90 people seeking asylum living in our communities are being called for appointments by the Minister to quickly be put on Bridging E Visas and cut off from income support. This group includes families with dependents such as children and elderly parents. Some are currently in community detention, receiving 60%

    • 17 MAY 18
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    Our government has manufactured a humanitarian crisis

    Our government has manufactured a humanitarian crisis

    Since mid 2017, we have entered a new phase. Refugee status decisions are impacting the lives of the 24,500 people who are undergoing the unfair ‘fast track’ process. At the same time, around 12,500 people are likely to lose all income support. Last year, the Government set a sudden deadline of 1 October for the largest