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  • Building a new hope

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  • Greater Dandenong is home to the highest population of people seeking asylum in Victoria. However, there is currently no support services in the South-East region that can effectively provide people with all of the support they need when rebuilding their lives.

    That’s why we’re building a new ASRC Hub in Dandenong. 

    This once-in-a-generation project will provide people seeking asylum with immediate and long-term support. Under the one roof, people will be able to access our foodbank, housing support, healthcare, education and employment services and so much more.

    But we need you to help complete the building as soon as possible.

    Greater Dandenong is home to the highest population of people seeking asylum in Victoria. However, there is currently no support services in the South-East region that can effectively provide people with all of the support they need when rebuilding their lives.

    That’s why we’re building a new ASRC Hub in Dandenong. 

    This once-in-a-generation project will provide people seeking asylum with immediate and long-term support. Under the one roof, people will be able to access our foodbank, housing support, healthcare, education and employment services and so much more.

    But we need you to help complete the building as soon as possible.

  • Stand with us

    Join our online community of compassionate supporters to stay informed on breaking news and ways you can take action and support refugees and people seeking asylum.
    Join now
  • Sign the petition

    Phones are a lifeline for people in detention. Don't let Peter Dutton get the power to confiscate them. Sign the petition now.

    Take action
  • Building a new hope

    Help us build our new Dandenong Hub to ensure people seeking asylum have the dignity, respect and vital services they need to live independently and to realise their dreams.
    Donate now
  • Expanded border force powers desperate distraction from Government’s inhumane immigration detention.

    Human rights groups have slammed another attempt by the Government to avoid responsibility and scrutiny for their inhumane policy of mandatory, indefinite detention.

    ASRC Foodbank is still operating to support people seeking asylum during the Stage 4 restrictions. 

    Coles Online is the best way to get food to us during Stage 4 lockdown as we can’t accept any in-person public donations. Up to 70% of food and essential grocery items are generously donated by our community and we need your help to ensure no one goes hungry.

    Latest news

      • 18 SEP 20
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      400% spike in numbers accessing ASRC foodbank

      400% spike in numbers accessing ASRC foodbank

      Media Release 17 September 2020 The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has urged the federal government to extend its COVID19 safety nets, as new data shows a four-fold increase in numbers accessing its foodbank. The ASRC has also recorded sharp increases in demand for housing, health and employment services, with people seeking asylum ineligible for Federal

      • 10 SEP 20
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      Muslim refugees not getting adequate nutrition due to lack Halal certified food in Brisbane detention centre

      Muslim refugees not getting adequate nutrition due to lack Halal certified food in Brisbane detention centre

      Media Release 10 September 2020 Around 60 people from refugee and Muslim backgrounds detained at the Kangaroo Point detention centre in Brisbane have not had access to Halal certified food since arriving in Australia, more than a year ago. A small group of people suspected that the food they were being given was not Halal

      • 03 SEP 20
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      Community against Minister Dutton’s mobile phone seizure powers as Bill passes House

      Community against Minister Dutton’s mobile phone seizure powers as Bill passes House

      Media Release 3 September 2020 A joint petition against The Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 has gathered over 154,340 signatures as part of the No Phones No Life campaign. The campaign trended on Twitter several times over the past four days and engaged hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook and

      • 02 SEP 20
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      Senators urged not to grant further powers to Minister Dutton to cancel visas of vulnerable people

      Senators urged not to grant further powers to Minister Dutton to cancel visas of vulnerable people

      Media Release 2 September 2020 The Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 is once again before Parliament this week and is currently listed for debate in the Senate today. Under the Minister’s proposed new powers, if a person has been convicted of an offence that falls into a category carrying a possible term

    Stories

      • 22 SEP 20
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      Is friendship the greatest challenge facing some refugees?

      Is friendship the greatest challenge facing some refugees?

      When Abdul and his wife Lubna first arrived in Australia seeking safety, the pair settled in Dandenong in Melbourne’s South-East, home to Victoria’s largest refugee community. But soon after moving into their new neighbourhood, Lubna became seriously ill and was in desperate need of medical care. Without legal rights to a Medicare card or any

      • 09 SEP 20
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      Building a new hope in Melbourne’s South-East

      Building a new hope in Melbourne’s South-East

      The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) began as a response to a growing need in the community. All those years ago when families seeking asylum first started coming to us for help, our community of compassion rallied together to provide people with the things they needed most. And as peoples’ needs continued to increase in

      • 20 AUG 20
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      How seeking asylum impacts on seeking employment

      How seeking asylum impacts on seeking employment

      Finding a job right now is extremely difficult. But for many people seeking asylum, the extra barriers to finding employment during a pandemic can be almost insurmountable.  And without access to government safety nets, such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker, people seeking asylum are relying on a regular income to survive COVID-19. With the support of

      • 03 AUG 20
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      We are still here

      We are still here

      Last week an ASRC staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure we closed our centre in Footscray until further notice. We’re looking forward to opening again when it’s safe to do so. But despite the centre being physically closed, the ASRC remains open to support people seeking asylum. Thanks to the