On this page you will find the ASRC’s publications and our latest annual reports

Visit to Manus Report
Visit to Manus

In November 2017, three members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre visited the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea. The visit was prompted by the events of 31 October 2017 when the Turnbull Government ordered all staff and personnel to abandon 606 men in the detention centre, leaving them without any food, water, power or medicine, including those critically ill.

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Report cover - The forgotten men of Christmas Island
The Forgotten Men
of Christmas Island

In August 2016 Pamela Curr, from ASRC, and Sr Brigid Arthur, from the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, travelled to Christmas Island to visit the men seeking asylum, who are currently held in the detention centre, more than 2600 kilometres from the nearest capital city, Perth.

This report on their visit provides an insight into the militarisation of our immigration detention system and the ongoing abuse of people in our government’s care.

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Volunteers at the ASRC

Volunteers at the ASRC

Volunteers make up the bulk of the ASRC’s workforce, numbering over 1200 and undertaking a variety of roles in 30 different programs.  A survey of volunteers was carried out to allow the ASRC Volunteer Program to capture volunteer voices. This report draws on the survey findings to speak to four areas of wider public interest:

  1. ASRC volunteer demographics and motivations, including comparison with the Australian population
  2. Volunteer views on Australian society and issues facing people seeking asylum
  3. Benefits of and potential barriers to volunteering at the ASRC
  4. How volunteers are valued at the ASRC, focusing on recognition, wellbeing, retention, and satisfaction.
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Words that Work report coverWords that Work

In 2015, the ASRC decided we needed to find a better way to talk about people seeking asylum. We commissioned a multi-phase research project to uncover and test the ways we can put forward the most compelling case for a more humane approach to people seeking asylum. The result was an incredible piece of research and recommendations by renowned communications and linguistics expert Anat Shenker-Osorio (ASO Communications), Troy Burton (Commonality) and John Armitage (QDOS). We call it Words that Work.

The Words that Work project’s aim is to help us be as persuasive as possible when we talk about a more humane approach to people seeking asylum. We want to improve our advocacy so that we can bring about lasting policy change in Australia.

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