We’re defying our government’s brutal treatment of people seeking asylum.

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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

    • 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

    • 14 JAN 19
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    The Foodbank shelves (and our hearts) are full

    The Foodbank shelves (and our hearts) are full

    On the 23rd of December with only two days notice, more than 400 families came through the garage doors at our Home of Hope in Footscray to donate more than $50,000 worth of essential food items to our emergency Christmas food drive. Our Foodbank provides groceries to more than 700 people seeking asylum each week

Latest news

    • 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

    • 05 FEB 19
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    Refugee advocates, lawyers and human rights groups unite in rejecting Government’s medical panel proposal

    Refugee advocates, lawyers and human rights groups unite in rejecting Government’s medical panel proposal

    A Government proposal to address the medical crisis engulfing critically ill refugees detained offshore has been firmly rejected as window dressing on the existing unconscionable process which has seen 12 people die in offshore detention in the past five years. A coalition of refugee and humanitarian organisations has confirmed its support for a crossbench, Greens