Refugee Advice and Casework Service is one of Australia’s leading refugee legal centres providing free, specialist legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees seeking to reunite with their families and we fight for their human rights every day.
We are an independent community legal centre (CLC). For over 25 years, RACS has been protecting and advocating for human rights for people seeking asylum, who have made it to Australia.
We have a team of 14 lawyers, experienced in human rights law, who dedicate themselves to achieving positive outcomes for their clients. Our staff come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We have staff who speak Tamil, Farsi, Dari, Serbian, Urdu, Hazaragi, Arabic, Bosnian, Romanian and Ukrainian; and several have refugee backgrounds themselves.

RACS’ top strategic goals to protect the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees are to:

  • Provide quality legal advice, case management and representation for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people seeking asylum and family reunion
  • Provide community education on changes to Refugee law
  • Provide outreach services to asylum seeker and refugee partner organisations
  • Advocate for systemic reform
  • Maintain an effective and expert staff team.

Vision

Asylum seekers and refugees who seek Australia’s protection are able to live their lives with dignity, security, family unity and freedom.

Purpose

RACS is an independent community legal centre whose purpose is to provide a free, specialist legal service for asylum seekers and refugees.  Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families, at risk of persecution or other forms of significant harm, gain access to equal and fair representation before the law, and are granted protection by Australia, and opportunities to seek family unity, in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

Values

RACS’s work is premised on a commitment to fundamental human rights, human dignity and international protection.  RACS demonstrates this commitment through its independent, impartial and professional advice; the integrity of its staff and volunteers; its belief in continuous learning, including through partnerships with other organisations; and the fair and flexible conditions it provides for staff and volunteers.