Change the policy on asylum this election.

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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

    • 18 APR 19
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    How do People Seeking Asylum Fair in the Budget?

    How do People Seeking Asylum Fair in the Budget?

    After the Government’s $185 million press conference on Christmas Island last month, the announcement of the 2019/2020 federal budget has delivered yet another blow with more cuts to support services for people seeking asylum and newly settled refugees. Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) spending has been reduced from the $139.8 million spent in 2017-18 to

    • 12 APR 19
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    Hop to it with a food donation this Easter

    Hop to it with a food donation this Easter

    This Easter share the love with more than just chocolate!  For around $50, a hamper will provide a selection of the most-used items that we are in urgent need of in Foodbank, our free grocery store. Each week, more than 700 people rely on Foodbank for food and household items. As the government continues to deepen

    • 28 MAR 19
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    Share the love and solidarity

    Share the love and solidarity

    On Sunday the ASRC in partnership with Islamic Council of Victoria, Halal Food Bank and Maidstone Mosque held a ‘Share Love and Solidarity’ event for Christchurch community. The community were invited to bring non-perishable food into the ASRC garage and to sign condolence books for families and communities of those lost to Christchurch terror attack.

    • 26 MAR 19
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    Feast 4 Freedom: celebrating what unites us

    Feast 4 Freedom: celebrating what unites us

    Ahmad stirs tamarind to accompany a plate of smoked fish in the kitchen of his family home as he reflects on the memories that this family recipe evokes, “They represent my story, they represent my identity, they represent my childhood.”  Ahmad is from Mesopotamia, one of the oldest civilisations in the world just west of

Latest news

    • 23 APR 19
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    Cutting the safety net: New ASRC report on crisis of hunger and homelessness

    Cutting the safety net: New ASRC report on crisis of hunger and homelessness

    A new report: Cutting the Safety Net by The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) exposes a crisis of hunger, deteriorating health and homelessness as families are cut off Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS). The Federal Government cut its budget for SRSS by 60% in two years, from $139.8 million to $56.2 million. More than 1200

    • 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,