We are a nation built on multiculturalism and the collective contribution of many. Our diversity is our strength and should be celebrated.
Refugees and people seeking asylum are your neighbours, business owners, teachers, lawyers, scientists, colleagues, young people, volunteers and friends.
Get to know their stories and you’ll discover that there is a lot more that unites us than divides us.

We are a nation built on multiculturalism and the collective contribution of many. Our diversity is our strength and should be celebrated.
Refugees and people seeking asylum are your neighbours, business owners, teachers, lawyers, scientists, colleagues, young people, volunteers and friends.
Get to know their stories and you’ll discover that there is a lot more that unites us than divides us.

Discover refugee and asylum seeker stories beside you

The story beside you

Refugees and people seeking asylum are your neighbours, teachers, colleagues and friends.

Get to know their stories and you’ll discover that there is a lot more that unites us than divides us.

Sign the pledge to welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.

Donate foods and goods

Our Foodbank and Community Meals programs offer food security to over 800 people each week.

We rely on community donations to stock our shelves – almost 90% of our food and essential grocery items are generously donated by people like you.

By donating food or goods to our programs, you will fill an immediate need for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Feast for Freedom is back

This March, we’re inviting you to celebrate the flavours and diversity that people seeking asylum bring to Australia.

Cook traditional dishes for your family, friends or colleagues from recipes gifted to you by refugees, while raising funds for the ASRC.

Express your interest to host a Feast for Freedom at home or in your workplace.

Latest news

    • 19 DEC 19
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    Sick people transferred  from PNG and Nauru detained without medical oversight

    Sick people transferred from PNG and Nauru detained without medical oversight

    Media Release 19 December 2019 Media Release: Sick people transferred  from PNG and Nauru detained without medical oversight. The Morrison government is ultimately responsible for the transfer and medical care of sick people from offshore processing, including those already approved by the Minister under Medevac laws. Medically evacuated people are put in detention in Australia,

    • 04 DEC 19
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    ASRC calls on Prime Minister Morrison to take responsibility for people offshore

    ASRC calls on Prime Minister Morrison to take responsibility for people offshore

    Media Release 4 December 2019 ASRC calls on Prime Minister Morrison to take responsibility for people offshore The repeal of the Medevac laws means that doctors are no longer in charge of medical decisions for sick people held in offshore processing. The ASRC expresses serious worry and sadness at this government’s secretive and vindictive repeal

    • 03 DEC 19
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    Failure to resettle remaining 535 offshore detainees to cost Australia $1.2 billion

    Failure to resettle remaining 535 offshore detainees to cost Australia $1.2 billion

    MEDIA RELEASE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2019 Failure to resettle remaining 535 offshore detainees to cost Australia $1.2 billion             New figures have revealed that the Australian Government’s failure to finalise resettlement for 535 offshore detainees currently in PNG and Nauru  could cost taxpayers $1.2 billion over the next 3 years. The independent

    • 25 NOV 19
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    The ASRC is in Parliament appealing to Senator Lambie to Save Medevac

    The ASRC is in Parliament appealing to Senator Lambie to Save Medevac

    25 November 2019  The ASRC is in Parliament appealing to Senator Lambie to Save Medevac The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has sent a delegation to Parliament, including CEO Kon Karapanagiotidis to appeal to Senators, especially Senator Lambie to vote against Minister Dutton’s full Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019.  The ASRC has witnessed

Stories

    • 24 DEC 19
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    How can I protect my son?

    How can I protect my son?

    Anan and her son have been living safely in Australia for the last 6 years on a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV), but she has received a letter informing her that her ongoing application for protection has been rejected.  In part, this is due to the limbo a TPV leaves people seeking asylum in – complete

    • 20 DEC 19
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    Carolyn’s weekly update – 20/12/2019

    Carolyn’s weekly update – 20/12/2019

    Our principal solicitor Carolyn Graydon shares a “weekly good news” update from the Human Rights Law Program (HRLP) with the entire ASRC team. Carolyn’s weekly emails are an important and happy reminder of the power of our community of compassion. They provide a glimpse into the work of the ASRC’s legal work, fighting to ensure

    • 16 DEC 19
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    Sina’s story

    Sina’s story

    “I knew from the age of four that I was gay and by the time I was a teenager, I knew I could not stay in my country.” “I convinced my parents that I should study outside of Iran to improve my job prospects. Living abroad I finally had tasted freedom. I realised that I

    • 06 DEC 19
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    Carolyn’s weekly update – 6/12/2019

    Carolyn’s weekly update – 6/12/2019

    Each Friday our principal solicitor Carolyn Graydon shares with the entire ASRC team a “weekly good news” update from the Human Rights Law Program. This week has been a particularly hard one as we saw the Senate vote to repeal the life-saving Medevac legislation. At a time when our Government yet again showed utter contempt