• Show your welcome

    Add your voice to our Story Beside You pledge to show you welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.
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  • Save Medevac

    Eleven peak medical bodies have called on the Govt not to repeal Medevac so vulnerable people get proper medical care. Stand with doctors.
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  • Support independence

    To stay independent, we don't accept funding from the Federal Government. Instead, we are funded by you. Chip in now to support people seeking asylum.
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  • Right now, thousands of people seeking asylum in Australia are being denied the right to live safely here. What is happening is wrong.

    Without adequate legal support to navigate the long and arduous asylum process, people’s claims for protection often fail. In many cases the decision to deny a person asylum is a decision between life and death.

    The only way people’s rights can be upheld is with the help of a good lawyer.

    Our lawyers are the last line of defence for already vulnerable people.

    Give people a fighting chance to live safely in Australia

    Right now, thousands of people seeking asylum in Australia are being denied the right to live safely here. What is happening is wrong.

    Without adequate legal support to navigate the long and arduous asylum process, people’s claims for protection often fail. In many cases the decision to deny a person asylum is a decision between life and death.

    The only way people’s rights can be upheld is with the help of a good lawyer.

    Our lawyers are the last line of defence for already vulnerable people.

  • Show your welcome

    Add your voice to our Story Beside You pledge to show you welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.
    Sign the pledge
  • Save Medevac

    Eleven peak medical bodies have called on the Govt not to repeal Medevac so vulnerable people get proper medical care. Stand with doctors.
    Sign the petition
  • Support independence

    To stay independent, we don't accept funding from the Federal Government. Instead, we are funded by you. Chip in now to support people seeking asylum.
    Donate now
  • Discover refugee and asylum seeker stories beside you

    The story beside you

    Discover the stories beside you. With 1 in 3 Australians being born overseas, our diversity is our strength and should be celebrated.

    Refugees and people seeking asylum are your neighbours, teachers, colleagues and friends.
    Get to know their stories and you’ll discover that there is a lot more that unites us than divides us.

    Sign the pledge to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.

    Every 3 years for Rajesh

    “It is very hard for me …again I have to wait to start my life” – Rajesh

    Arriving by boat six years ago, as a traumatized 15 year old, Rajesh found himself in a situation where he was scared and utterly alone.

    For many people who arrived by boat, like Rajesh, the process is particularly complex and unfair. The ASRC’s legal team stand united in fighting for people like Rajesh to have access to the justice they deserve.

    #Save Medevac, call your senator

    Call your Senator and tell them why you support doctors to be able to provide critical medical care to people seeking asylum and refugees held offshore through the Medevac process, without political interference.

    “This lifesaving law has meant that doctors, not politicians decide treatment for people offshore. As politicians return to Canberra, we’re going to make sure it’s voices of quiet Australians from the bush they remember”
    – Louise Redmond, National President of Rural Australians for Refugees.

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      • 02 OCT 19
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      ASRC delivers report into employment pathways for people seeking asylum

      ASRC delivers report into employment pathways for people seeking asylum

      Last month, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s (ASRC) Employment Program launched their research report, titled: ‘Towards an optimal employment strategy for people seeking asylum in Victoria’. The report is a timely piece of research that outlines the current state of play and forward-looking recommendations for policy and service delivery in this area. The report represents

      • 12 SEP 19
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      Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement program

      Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement program

      Alert: Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement for those granted refugee status in PNG or Nauru If you have been found to be a refugee in Nauru or Papua New Guinea, including if you are currently in Australia, the attached information applies to you and you should read it

      • 26 AUG 19
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      The ASRC and NJP give evidence to Senate hearing on Medevac repeal

      The ASRC and NJP give evidence to Senate hearing on Medevac repeal

      Today the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and National Justice Project are giving evidence to the Senate hearing on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019. The ASRC played a leading role in the passing of the Medevac law and is deeply concerned that repealing the legislation will lead to further harm, possible deaths and

      • 16 AUG 19
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      Government must commit to keeping life saving refugee medical evacuation laws

      Government must commit to keeping life saving refugee medical evacuation laws

      Doctors, human rights lawyers and advocates have urged the Morrison Government to listen to expert advice about the need for doctors to be at the heart of medical assessments for sick refugees on Manus and Nauru, as the reporting deadline closes to the senate inquiry investigating the Medevac repeal bill. Since the Medevac laws were

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      • 13 NOV 19
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      Every 3 years for Rajesh

      Every 3 years for Rajesh

      People seeking asylum in Australia are being denied access to justice and their human right to seek safety. The Australian refugee determination process is unfair and inhumane.  Imagine for a moment the trauma of being forced to flee your home. To leave everything behind. Just to have a chance to be safe. For people who

      • 21 OCT 19
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      Fighting for the rights of refugees in detention: a history

      Fighting for the rights of refugees in detention: a history

      Because no one deserves to be locked up for attempting to seek safety. From Kids off Nauru to the passing of the Medevac bill, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has been fighting for the rights of people in detention for 17 years. Because no person deserves to be incarcerated for attempting to seek safety

      • 23 SEP 19
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      Kash: Medevac Caseworker – A letter to our supporters…

      Kash: Medevac Caseworker – A letter to our supporters…

      Kash, a member of our Medevac triage team, recently spoke with passion about her work supporting sick men and women through the Medevac process.  It’s not an easy job, but it’s an important one and it’s helping to save lives. Kash wanted to share more with you about the work that her team is doing

      • 19 SEP 19
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      Tears of relief: How Medevac saved Tajj

      Tears of relief: How Medevac saved Tajj

      The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Detention Advocacy team is a lifeline for sick refugees left behind in offshore detention but in need of urgent medical care. Care that is not adequate or simply not available in PNG and Nauru. Our team of 7 are working around the clock (as part of the MERG group) to