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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.

The time for change is now

Hundreds of men and woman still detained in offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island urgently require medical care and must also be brought to Australia for immediate treatment.

Our CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis and director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Jana Favero are in Canberra to ensure your voices and the professional opinions of over 7,000 medical professionals are heard.

You can support the ASRC Human Rights Law Program to give legal assistance for refugees and asylum seekers

Fighting Against Injustice

Despite the constantly changing legal landscape, the Human Rights Law Program and their extensive network of pro-bono partners are unwavering in their commitment and determination to represent those most vulnerable in our communities, and to use our judicial system and advocacy to hold politicians to account.

Latest on Manus and Nauru

Read the latest on our campaign to provide a safe and permanent home to all people are detained in offshore processing. The Home Affairs Amendment Bill has passed now Parliament after significant lobbying and campaigning efforts across the country. We are now working to see it fully enacted.

Stories

    • 27 FEB 19
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    International Women’s Day Celebration 2019

    International Women’s Day Celebration 2019

    ‘The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.’ As everyone at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, these words by feminist, journalist and activist

    • 13 FEB 19
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    Message from our CEO – Historic win in Australian Parliament

    Message from our CEO – Historic win in Australian Parliament

    We just made history together. You, me, and all of us across Australia. Today the Senate passed amendments to the Home Affairs Amendments Bill with the support of the key crossbenchers, because this bill is balanced, carefully considered and deals with what matters – medical treatment for sick people. Yesterday for the first time in

    • 12 FEB 19
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    The time for change is now

    The time for change is now

    We did it. After 5 long years of unrelenting community, political and legal pressure, every child seeking asylum has finally been removed from Nauru. But the fight isn’t over. Hundreds of men and woman still detained in offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island urgently require medical care and must also be brought to Australia

    • 28 JAN 19
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    Deloitte Impact Day

    Deloitte Impact Day

    On Friday the 16th of November two groups of Deloitte staffers visited the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) to volunteer as part of Deloitte’s Annual Impact Day. Each year Deloitte employees mobilise around the country to provide charities with an extra helping hand. This year the ASRC was fortunate to have teams from Deloitte in

Latest news

    • 01 MAR 19
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    Medical Evacuation Response Group established for urgent medical transfers from Manus and Nauru

    Medical Evacuation Response Group established for urgent medical transfers from Manus and Nauru

    Key national organisations have banded together to oversee and ensure the timely and orderly assessment of applications for medical transfers under the “Medevac Bill” by creating the Medical Evacuation Response Group (Medevac Group). The Medevac Group is made up of specialists in medevac processes for sick refugees including doctors, caseworkers, counsellors and lawyers who will

    • 13 FEB 19
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    We just made history together. You, me, and all of us across Australia

    We just made history together. You, me, and all of us across Australia

    Today the Senate passed amendments to the Home Affairs Amendments Bill with the support of the key crossbenchers, because this bill is balanced, carefully considered and deals with what matters – medical treatment for sick people. Yesterday for the first time in 80 years a sitting Government lost a vote in the House of Representatives.

    • 12 FEB 19
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    Watershed moment in refugee politics and Australian history

    Watershed moment in refugee politics and Australian history

    Refugee and human rights organisations rejoiced today as the House of Representatives overturned 90 years of tradition and a toxic debate to vote authoritatively to deliver medical care to the refugees who have spent almost six years detained offshore. A coalition of MPs made up of the ALP, key crossbench members, Dr Kerryn Phelps MP,

    • 08 FEB 19
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    Medical data released by the ASRC shows  people offshore are waiting at least two years for medical transfer

    Medical data released by the ASRC shows people offshore are waiting at least two years for medical transfer

    The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has released a sample of 49 de-identified medical cases of critically sick people held in offshore processing on Manus and Nauru. The data is the product of research into International Health Medical Services (IHMS – funded by the Australian Government) health records which document people’s presentations to medical staff, emergence