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

    • 04 MAY 18
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    Join our Mother’s Day Happy Nappy drive!

    Join our Mother’s Day Happy Nappy drive!

    Get involved with our HAPPY NAPPY drive this Mother’s Day! Everyday we hear of mothers seeking asylum who have run out of nappies and can not afford to buy more. Not only are these mothers severely restricted in their day to day activities, they often miss important legal and heal appointments because they’ve run our

    • 03 MAY 18
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    Arriving with nothing but a suitcase

    Arriving with nothing but a suitcase

    Earlier this year on International Women’s Day at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) three remarkable guest speakers shared their stories of settlement in Australia. Cuc Lam arrived in Australia in 1978 under the wave of immigration facilitated by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in response to the Vietnam War. Forty years later Cuc stands

    • 11 APR 18
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    Allie and Grace spread music, heart and hope

    Allie and Grace spread music, heart and hope

    What happens when you have a positive learning environment, encouraging parents and a talent for music? You get the efforts of Allie and Grace, two friends who chose to busk with their flutes for two days – and ended up raising $250 to support refugees and people seeking asylum. ‘They knew about your work from

    • 03 APR 18
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    A story of language, community and opportunity

    A story of language, community and opportunity

    Zakia’s face lights up in front of me as I ask her if she’s enjoyed the translation workshops she’s just wrapped up at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). ‘From the past I like translating. Interpreting for me was like a dream to be a translator or an interpreter, so when I saw the email

Latest news

    • 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

    • 19 APR 18
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    Home to Bilo – campaign update

    Home to Bilo – campaign update

    As you may know from our last update, the central Queensland community of Biloela is mobilising to get their neighbours Priya, Nades and family back home to Bilo. The family were taken from their community by Australian Border Force in the early hours of the morning, flown to Perth and put on a plane to

    • 29 MAR 18
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    A Letter from Kamran

    A Letter from Kamran

    Friend, I am worried. I am a person seeking asylum and I am currently awaiting my refugee status from our government. To support me to do things like pay my rent, study and get help finding work, I have been receiving support through the Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS). Right now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull