The Human Rights Law Program is an independent, not-for-profit Community Legal Centre working within the ASRC which helps people at all stages of the refugee determination process.

The Human Rights Law Program does not receive any government funding. There is a team of 14 lawyers working with a large group of volunteers to deliver our holistic legal services. The team also actively engage in policy and law reform, community legal education and training.

The program provides free, expert immigration advice and representation to people seeking asylum.

Eligibility for free legal advice

To be eligible to receive free legal advice from the ASRC, applicants must;

  • Live in Victoria, Australia.
  • Be at risk of persecution and human rights abuses in their home country, and;
  • Not have government-funded legal advice to complete protection visa applications.
You can support the ASRC Human Rights Law Program to give legal assistance for refugees and asylum seekers

If you came to Australia by boat between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, you must lodge your protection visa application by 1 October. Please do not lodge your application without legal assistance.

If you need help to lodge your application, please contact the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) on (03) 9274 9889 or send an email to legal_ft@asrc.org.au. If you are unsure about if the 1 October deadline applies to you, you can contact ASRC for advice.

اگر شما در بین اگست 2012 و 31 دسمبر 2013 با کشتی وارد استرالیا شده اید باید قبل از 1 اکتبر 2017 برای
ویزای حفاظتی درخواست بدهید. لطفا بدون مشورۀ قانونی درخواست خود را تسلیم ندهید.
مرکز) (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRCاگر برای درخواست دادن به کمک ضرورت دارید، لطفا با
منابع پناهجویان) به شماره 9889 9274 (03) تماس بگیرید یا به legal_ft@asrc.org.au ایمیل ارسال کنید. اگر
مطمئن نیستید که آیا مهلت 1 اکتبر بر شما اعمال می شود یانه، برای مشوره می توانید با ASRC تماس بگیرید.

اگر بین 13 آگوست 2012 و 31 دسامبر 2013 با قایق وارد استرالیا شده اید، باید درخواست خود برای ویزای پناهندگی را تا 1 اکتبر ارائه دهید. لطفا بدون دریافت کمک حقوقی درخواست خود را ارائه ندهید.

چنانچه برای ارائه درخواست نیاز به کمک دارید، لطفا با Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) به شماره (03) 9274 9889 تماس بگیرید یا ایمیلی به legal_ft@asrc.org.au ارسال کنید. چنانچه مطمئن نیستید که مهلت نهایی اکتبر شامل حال شما می شود یا خیر، می توانید برای دریافت مشاوره با ASRC تماس بگیرید.

اگر بین 13 آگوست 2012 و 31 دسامبر 2013 با قایق وارد استرالیا شده اید، باید درخواست خود برای ویزای پناهندگی را تا 1 اکتبر ارائه دهید. لطفا بدون دریافت کمک حقوقی درخواست خود را ارائه ندهید.

چنانچه برای ارائه درخواست نیاز به کمک دارید، لطفا با (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) ASRC به شماره (03) 9274 9889 تماس بگیرید یا ایمیلی به legal_ft@asrc.org.au ارسال کنید. چنانچه مطمئن نیستید که مهلت نهایی اکتبر شامل حال شما می شود یا خیر، می توانید برای دریافت مشاوره با ASRC تماس بگیرید.

13 ஓகஸ்ற் 2012 தொடக்கம் 31 டிசம்பர் 2013 வரையான இடைப்பட்ட காலத்தில் அவுஸ்திரேலியாவுக்கு படகு மூலம் வந்திருந்தால் உங்களது பாதுக்காப்பு விசாவுக்கான விண்ணப்பத்தை ஒக்ரோபர் மாதம் 1ம் திகதிக்கு முன்பாக தாக்கல் செய்ய வேண்டும். சட்டவல்லுனர்களின் உதவியின்றி தயவுசெய்து தாக்கல் செய்ய வேண்டாம்.

இது சம்பந்தமாக ஏதும் உதவி தேவைப்படின் தயவுசெய்து Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) (03) 9274 9889 என்ற எண்ணில் தொடர்புகொள்ளவும் அல்லது legal_ft@asrc.org.au என்ற மின்னஞ்சல் முகவரிக்கு தொடர்புகொள்ளவும். இந்த ஒக்ரோபர் 1ம் திகதி காலக்கெடு உங்களுக்கு பொருந்துமா? என்ற ஐயம் இருந்தால் ASRCயுடன் தொடர்புகொண்டு ஆலோசனை பெற்றுக்கொள்ளுங்கள்.

Nếu đến Úc bằng tàu thuyền trong thời gian từ ngày 13 tháng 8 năm 2012 đến ngày 31 tháng 12 năm 2013, quý vị phải nộp đơn xin thị thực bảo vệ trước ngày 1 tháng 10. Xin đừng nộp đơn mà không có người hỗ trợ về pháp lý.

Nếu cần có người giúp mình nộp đơn, xin quý vị liên hệ với Trung tâm Tiện ích Người tầm trú (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - ASRC) theo số (03) 9274 9889 hoặc gửi email tới legal_ft@asrc.org.au. Nếu không biết chắc liệu ngày hạn chót 1 tháng 10 có áp dụng với mình hay không, quý vị có thể liên hệ với ASRC để được tư vấn.

How to access legal advice

The ASRC provides free legal advice to people seeking asylum, via phone and face-to-face appointments.

Phone advice

You can phone on Mondays or Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm on (03) 9274 9827.

Face-to-face advice

You can drop into the ASRC Footscray on weekdays (except Wednesdays) from 10am to 3pm at 214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray Victoria.

Other ways to access legal advice

Please select the options below according to when arrival in Australia occurred.

  • If you are a person seeking asylum who arrived by boat

    1. Fast Track

    If you came by boat between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013, you will be part of a new legal process called Fast Track

    The Fast Track process applies only to those who arrived in Australia by boat between 13 August 2012 and 31 December 2013. All applicants should have advice from a lawyer before they lodge an application.

    Click here to see how the ASRC provides assistance to Fast Track applicants.

    Click here for information about Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV).

    2. Government-funded legal assistance

    People seeking asylum may be eligible to receive government-funded migration assistance if they arrived in Australia without a valid visa, and are assessed as vulnerable by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Department will contact you if you are eligible for this assistance.

    3. Legal support from the ASRC

    • The ASRC may be able to help with;
    • Applying for a TPV or SHEV with 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 Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA)
    • Assistance with applying to the Federal Circuit Court (judicial review) after receiving a negative IAA decision.
    • Responding to correspondence relating to the TPV or SHEV process e.g. from the DIBP or IAA
    • Visa cancellations under section 109 (false information) or section 501 (character)

    To access legal support from the ASRC, you can:

    1. Call the ASRC legal hotline: 2pm – 4pm, Monday or Thursday only on (03) 9274 9827.
    2. Drop into the ASRC: 10am – 3pm, any week day (except Wednesdays) at 214 – 218 Nicholson Street, Footscray.

     

    4. 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.

  • If you are a person seeking asylum who arrived by aeroplane

    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.

    1. Refugee Legal, (03) 9413 0100,  refugeelegal@refugeelegal.org.au
    2. Sabelberg Morcos Lawyers, (03) 9670 4033, admin@sabelbergs.com.au

     

    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:

    1. Call the ASRC legal hotline: 2pm – 4pm, Monday or Thursday only on (03) 9274 9827.
    2. 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.

  • If you are a community legal service provider who is referring a client, please email legal_triage@asrc.org.au with the following information:

    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Contact number
    • Country of origin
    • Preferred language
    • Information about the case such as deadlines, legal stage and copies of documents
    • A signed authority from the client to share their information with us;
    • A complete scanned copy of the client’s invitation letter;
    • Whether the client has completed a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request (and if so, date it was lodged, and whether it has been received);
    • Whether the client has a current bridging visa (and if so the expiry date);
    • The client’s contact details; and
    • Any information about particular vulnerabilities and whether the client has tried to access.

    Once you have requested assistance or referred someone their case will be assessed on an individual basis and if eligible, ASRC will offer one or more of the following services:

    • Advice over the phone – We offer phone advice on Mondays and Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm.
    • Weekly legal workshops – Attendance at a legal workshop is by appointment only. These are small group sessions where people learn about the legal process and are supported to prepare a draft of their protection visa application.
    • Advice in our legal clinics – Attendance at a legal clinic is by appointment only. These are one-on-one appointments where we provide people seeking asylum with legal advice in relation to their protection visa application. Generally people must attend a legal workshop before a legal clinic appointment is offered (to maximise one-on-one legal assistance)
    • Full representation – We provide full representation to the most vulnerable clients

    The ASRC can help with;

    • Applying for a 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 to review a DIBP decision at the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA)
    • Assistance with applying to court (judicial review) after receiving a decision from the DIBP, AAT or IAA. This includes applications to the Federal Circuit Court
    • Requesting Ministerial Intervention
    • Responding to correspondence relating to the protection visa process e.g. from the DIBP, AAT or IAA

The Human Rights Law Program comprises the following registered Migration Agents:

  • Noosheen Mogadam (Acting Principal) – MARN: 0601572
  • Rachel Anjali Saravanamuthu (Senior Lawyer) – MARN: 1794509
  • Kon Karapanagiotidis (Solicitor) – MARN: 0101919
  • Alice McBurney (Solicitor) – MARN: 1679798
  • Josephine Langbien (Solicitor) – MARN: 1792903
  • Stephanie Pashias (Solicitor) – MARN: 1794636
  • Nhirushni Somasundaram (Solicitor) – MARN: 1572478
  • Jeanne Renuka Senanayake (Solicitor) – MARN: 0852686
  • Emanuela Butera (Solicitor) – MARN: 1387419
  • Laura Chalk (Solicitor) – MARN: 1795004
  • Fleur Hopkins (Solicitor) – MARN: 1795275
  • Michaela Rhode (Solicitor) – MARN: 1796054
  • Nicholas Newlands (Solicitor) – MARN: 1797775
  • Arti Chetty (Solicitor) – MARN: 1101182

Please see the Migration Agents Registered Authority (MARA) Code of Conduct, for more information.