1. Government-funded legal assistance
The IAAAS scheme is funded by the Australian government to give free migration advice and visa application assistance to people who have arrived lawfully in Australia and who meet specific eligibility criteria with respect to financial or other vulnerability.
If you arrived in Australia by plane with a valid visa and need assistance at the primary stage of the refugee determination process (ie applying for protection at the Department of Immigration), you can try contacting the following IAAAS providers, who may be able to assist you for free.
- Refugee Legal, (03) 9413 0100, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers, (03) 9670 4033, email@example.com
2. Legal support from the ASRC
If you are not eligible for government funded legal assistance, the ASRC may be able to help with;
- Applying for a permanent protection visa to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
- Preparing a statement of claims
- Accompanying clients to interviews with the DIBP
- Assistance to review a DIBP decision at the at the Administrative Appeal Tribunal (AAT)
- Assistance with applying to Federal Circuit Court (judicial review) after receiving a negative AAT decision.
- Requesting Ministerial Intervention
- Responding to correspondence relating to the protection visa process e.g. from the DIBP or AAT
- Visa cancellations under section 109 (false information) or section 501 (character)
To access legal support from the ASRC, you can:
- Call the ASRC legal hotline: 2pm – 4pm, Monday or Thursday only on (03) 9274 9827.
- Drop into the ASRC: 10am – 3pm, on weekdays (except Wednesdays) at 214 – 218 Nicholson Street, Footscray.
3. Other organisations that provide legal assistance
If ASRC is not able to help you, you can contact other organisation who may be able to assist you. Some of these organisations provide services for free, others are private law firms and may charge a fee. For some recommendations of both paid and unpaid, please see;
If you are a Fast Track applicant, you can also find out more information about getting help with your application from a private law firm in a factsheet provided by the Law Institute of Victoria.
If you have been granted a permanent protection (subclass 866) visa and need assistance to apply for a visa for your family, you may be able to get some free legal assistance with your sponsorship application. To find out more, please see the Family Reunion list.