Get to know the stories of refugees and people seeking asylum
  • Show your welcome

    Add your voice to our Story Beside You pledge to show you welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.
    Sign the pledge
  • Save Medevac

    Eleven peak medical bodies have called on the Govt not to repeal Medevac so vulnerable people get proper medical care. Stand with doctors.
    Sign the petition
  • Support independence

    To stay independent, we don't accept funding from the Federal Government. Instead, we are funded by you. Chip in now to support people seeking asylum.
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  • 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.

    Get to know the stories of refugees and people seeking asylum

    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.

  • Show your welcome

    Add your voice to our Story Beside You pledge to show you welcome refugees and people seeking asylum as new Australians.
    Sign the pledge
  • Save Medevac

    Eleven peak medical bodies have called on the Govt not to repeal Medevac so vulnerable people get proper medical care. Stand with doctors.
    Sign the petition
  • Support independence

    To stay independent, we don't accept funding from the Federal Government. Instead, we are funded by you. Chip in now to support people seeking asylum.
    Donate now
  • Discover refugee and asylum seeker stories beside you

    The story beside you

    Discover the stories beside you. With 1 in 3 Australians being born overseas, our diversity is our strength and should be celebrated.

    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.



    Medevac Emergency Appeal

    Medevac is saving lives. But our funding to help facilitate these urgent medical transfers (working with doctors, lawyers and advocates as part of the Medical Evacuation Response Group) is about to run out.

    “All people have a fundamental right to healthcare and we have an obligation to these people to meet their healthcare needs. That’s what Medevac is making possible.”
    Detention Triage Manager, Michael Hoey.

    Latest news

      • 02 OCT 19
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      ASRC delivers report into employment pathways for people seeking asylum

      ASRC delivers report into employment pathways for people seeking asylum

      Last month, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s (ASRC) Employment Program launched their research report, titled: ‘Towards an optimal employment strategy for people seeking asylum in Victoria’. The report is a timely piece of research that outlines the current state of play and forward-looking recommendations for policy and service delivery in this area. The report represents

      • 12 SEP 19
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      Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement program

      Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement program

      Alert: Extension of deadline to 4 October to express interest in US resettlement for those granted refugee status in PNG or Nauru If you have been found to be a refugee in Nauru or Papua New Guinea, including if you are currently in Australia, the attached information applies to you and you should read it

      • 26 AUG 19
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      The ASRC and NJP give evidence to Senate hearing on Medevac repeal

      The ASRC and NJP give evidence to Senate hearing on Medevac repeal

      Today the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and National Justice Project are giving evidence to the Senate hearing on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019. The ASRC played a leading role in the passing of the Medevac law and is deeply concerned that repealing the legislation will lead to further harm, possible deaths and

      • 16 AUG 19
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      Government must commit to keeping life saving refugee medical evacuation laws

      Government must commit to keeping life saving refugee medical evacuation laws

      Doctors, human rights lawyers and advocates have urged the Morrison Government to listen to expert advice about the need for doctors to be at the heart of medical assessments for sick refugees on Manus and Nauru, as the reporting deadline closes to the senate inquiry investigating the Medevac repeal bill. Since the Medevac laws were

    Stories

      • 23 SEP 19
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      Kash: Medevac Caseworker – A letter to our supporters…

      Kash: Medevac Caseworker – A letter to our supporters…

      Kash, a member of our Medevac triage team, recently spoke with passion about her work supporting sick men and women through the Medevac process.  It’s not an easy job, but it’s an important one and it’s helping to save lives. Kash wanted to share more with you about the work that her team is doing

      • 19 SEP 19
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      Tears of relief: How Medevac saved Tajj

      Tears of relief: How Medevac saved Tajj

      The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s Detention Advocacy team is a lifeline for sick refugees left behind in offshore detention but in need of urgent medical care. Care that is not adequate or simply not available in PNG and Nauru. Our team of 7 are working around the clock (as part of the MERG group) to

      • 09 SEP 19
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      A letter from Kon after his Medevac Senate submission

      A letter from Kon after his Medevac Senate submission

      I’m just back from Canberra after a huge day at Parliament House presenting before a Senate Committee on why the Senate must save Medevac. When Medevac was passed in Parliament earlier in the year this was a huge win, providing critically ill refugees in offshore detention with a pathway to receive urgent medical treatment in

      • 30 AUG 19
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      Saving Medevac in the Senate

      Saving Medevac in the Senate

      The Medevac bill which was passed earlier this year ensures critically ill refugees in offshore detention are transferred to Australia to receive the urgent medical treatment to save their lives.   Since February, the ASRC working with doctors, lawyers and advocates as part of the Medical Evacuation Response Group have worked to get 130 sick refugees