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NSW Young Lawyers announce that Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) is its Charity of the Year 2017
NSW Young Lawyers have announced that the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), the longest running refugee legal centre in NSW, has been chosen as NSW Young Lawyers’...Read More »
Media release – RACS’ response to refugee resettlement deal
Problems remain with U.S. Resettlement Plan
14 November 2016
What are the changes?
Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a proposal to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, PNG to the United States of America.
RACS welcomes the Australian Government’s recognition that Nauru is not...Read More »
Media release: RACS Opposes Proposal Of ‘Lifetime Ban’ For Refugees And People Seeking Asylum Held On Nauru And Manus Island, Papua New Guinea
RACS OPPOSES PROPOSAL OF ‘LIFETIME BAN’ FOR REFUGEES AND PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM HELD ON NAURU AND MANUS ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
31 October 2016
What are the changes?
Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a proposal to amend the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to impose a lifetime ban for people who arrived in...Read More »
Joint Statement NSW Young Lawyers and the Refugee Advice and Casework Service launch their collaboration - the Refugee Assistance Project
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and NSW Young Lawyers are delighted to announce the launch of a new project designed to help people seeking asylum who came by boat with the protection visa application process.
The Refugee Assistance Project, developed by the Human...Read More »
Media Comment: The Refugee Advice and Casework Service condemns Minister’s suggestions advocates to blame for desperate acts on Nauru
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), a leading refugee legal centre, strongly condemns comments made by Minister Dutton today suggesting that advocates are “causing serious harm” to those in Nauru.
RACS are legal advocates for people on Nauru and people who have been on Nauru. We take our responsibilities as...Read More »
Marking A New Partnership: RACS & UNSW Law
The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) has partnered with the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Faculty of Law to establish their new offices in the heart of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Located on the corner of Eurimbla Ave & High Street, Randwick...Read More »
Canterbury Girls High School shows what it means to be a community leader
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service, a community legal centre with expertise in refugee law, would like to publicly acknowledge the incredible support that Canterbury Girls High School has given us and the people we help.
In...Read More »
US doubt shake Australia’s asylum policy
The article is published in Swedish in the Svenska Dagbladet on 5 Feb 2017. Click on the link below to access the Pdf file.Read More »
Syrian asylum seekers: Refugee groups say 12,000 people will be welcomed
10th of September 2015, ABC News, The World Today by Bridget Brennan
RACS Executive Director Tanya Jackson-Vaughan spoke on Syrian refugees on ABC’s The World Today.
Listen to the whole story here.
Refugee legal centre’s future secured
6 November 2015, UNSW Australia Newsroom, by Susi Hamilton
“This support from UNSW has come at a critical time. We had to leave our previous premises and 85% of our funding was cut, forcing us to rely more heavily on donations and grants to continue...Read More »
Explainer: Difference between migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
7th of September 2015, The Sydney Morning Herald by Marcus Strom
RACS lawyer Sarah Dale provides a timely explainer on the difference between migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Read the full article and watch the video here.
Secret freeze on refugee citizenship processes
The government has ceased processing citizenship applications from boat-arrival refugees entitled to become Australians, leaving hundreds in limbo.
Continue reading the full article here.
Refugee legal centres struggling to help people with visa claims
ABC News, Bridget Brennan, August 26, 2015
RACS’ Executive Director Tanya Jackson-Vaughan spoke about TPVs on ABC Radio Current Affairs PM program
BRIDGET BRENNAN: Originally introduced by the Howard government in 1999, TPVs were re-introduced under the Abbott Government in...Read More »
Constituency Statements. Sydney Electorate: Immigration Legal Services
Speech delivered by Tanya Plibersek MP on the 9th of September in the House of Representatives.
Please click here to download the transcript of the speech.
Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seekers
20 June 2015, The Saturday Paper, by Mike Seccombe
The only success in curbing mistreatment of refugees has been in the High Court. Now the government is targeting the lawyers who bring the cases. As Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, executive director of the Sydney-based Refugee...Read More »
Asylum Seekers Lose Freedom Of Information Rights
17 June 2015, New Matilda, by Michael Brull
Asylum seekers have lost the right to access government documents held on them. Michael Brull reviews the latest onslaught against basic human rights.
New Matilda has gained access to an email sent by the Department...Read More »
Temporary protection visas could be blocked by ‘unworkable’ deadline
16 June 2015, The Guardian, by Paul Farrell
Asylum seekers invited to apply for a temporary protection visa may have their claim denied due to new bureaucratic process, says lawyer
The immigration department is threatening to block temporary visa applications if...Read More »
Time Running Out For Refugee Legal Service Funding
30 Mar 2015, New Matilda, By Max Chalmers
An organisation that provides vital support and casework for asylum seekers has made a desperate call for funding as the Coalition’s cuts hit home. Max Chalmers reports.
The Refugee Advice and Casework Service, commonly...Read More »
The Australian legal centre taking law into its own hands for asylum seekers
21 May 2015, The Guardian, by Paul Farrell
Julia Steward’s legal clients are queuing out the door well before she arrives at the office. It’s not really the kind of office you’d expect. Babies are crying, children...Read More »
Backlog of 30,000 asylum claims to be processed under new laws
17 April 2015, SBS, By Jason Thomas
The Australian government will soon begin processing the asylum claims of more than 25,000 people who came to Australia by boat before 2014. The government has been waiting until after new laws...Read More »
Bill easing liability for using ‘reasonable force’ against detainees condemned
14 April 2015, The Guardian , by Paul Farrell
The federal government and private companies should not be immune from liability for excessive use of force on people held in immigration detention, a parliamentary submission by the Australian Human Rights...Read More »
Government: Free health, legal services for refugees
November 16, 2014, Sydney Morning Herald, by Ross Larkin
A new clinic offering free legal advice to asylum seekers and refugees has just been opened by the Auburn City Council.
The timing of the opening coincides with the greatest need ever faced by...Read More »
Legal Service for Migrants is Free
21 October 2014, Auburn Review
A new free legal service for refugees and asylum seekers living in Auburn Local Government Area (LGA) will be launched tomorrow in Auburn Centre for Community. Continue reading here....Read More »
Jackson Gallagher, our Ambassador from Home and Away, showing his support for RACS
25 May 2014, Daily Mail Australia, By Maria Lewis
Gallagher made the most of the public forum, wearing a t-shirt that voiced his support of refugees.
The political statement said: ‘It is LEGAL to seek ASYLUM’. Read...Read More »
RACS in the Australian Charity Storybook
With over 25 years’ experience, RACS is an independent community legal centre whose purpose is to provide a free, specialist legal service for asylum seekers and refugees. RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families, at risk and fair representation before the law,...Read More »