NewslettersFact sheets

Annual Reports

RACS Annual Report 2014-2015

Picture3With 80% of asylum seekers no longer receiving government funded legal assistance, RACS has had to seek out alternative funding. We have launched a Friends of RACS program, applied for grants , had organisations like the National Art School and Macquarie University (to name only a few) hold events for us, had Allens Linklaters and King and Wood Mallesons join our Workplace giving Program and had Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation offer us a Challenge Grant, where for every dollar we raise they give us 33c.
Download RACS Annual Report 2014-2015

 

 

 

 


RACS Annual Report 2013-2014

2013-2014
“This has been a year of change for RACS. As discussed further in the Report, we have responded to these changes by altering the way we are funded (through private rather than government support) and by developing new ways of helping our clients”.

 

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2013-2014


RACS Annual Report 2012-2013

2012-2013
“This, RACS 26th year, was its busiest to date. In the midst of these uncertainties, what we do know is that the need for and the demand for our services can only increase over the coming years”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2012-13


RACS Annual Report 2011-2012

2011-2012
“…the RACS team always approaches their work with such energy, dedication, compassion and a strong team-spirit.”

 

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2011-12


RACS Annual Report 2010-2011

2010-2011
“This Annual Report confirms the achievements of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) in delivering high quality legal services, advocacy and policy development for vulnerable refugees in Australia. RACS is Australia’s oldest community legal centre specialising in providing free legal advice and assistance to asylum seekers”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2010-11

 


RACS Annual Report 2009-2010

2009-2010
“This Annual Report once again confirms the achievements of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) in delivering high quality legal services, advocacy and policy development for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia for over two decades.
RACS is presently staffed by a Director, Principal Solicitor, four full-time and one part-time caseworkers and a full-time administrative assistant”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2009-10


 RACS Annual Report 2008-2009

2008-2009
“RACS is a non-profit community legal centre that does not receive any core government funding and operates on what can only be described as a “shoe-string” budget. It relies primarily on a contractual arrangement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to provide a limited amount of advice and assistance to asylums seekers under the “Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme” (IAAAS), as well as donations from the community and grants from various bodies”.

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2008-09


RACS Annual Report 2007-2008

2007-2008
“The work undertaken by RACS is vital. Recognition as a refugee under the UN Refugee Convention is a prerequisite for being granted a protection visa, which prevents a person from being forced to return to persecution for reasons of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group in their country of origin”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2007-08

 


RACS Annual Report 2006-2007

2006-2008
“RACS is a non-profit community legal centre that does not receive any core government funding and operates on what can only be described as a “shoe-string” budget. It relies primarily on a contractual arrangement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to provide a limited amount of advice and assistance to asylums seekers under the “Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme” (IAAAS), as well as donations from the community and grants from various bodies”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2006-07


 

RACS Annual Report 2005-2006

2005-2006
“RACS works in an ever-changing environment in terms of refugee policy and the numbers of people seeking asylum in Australia. During the recent year there were no unauthorised arrivals of people by sea as the Federal Government’s “Border Protection” RACS Annual Report 2005-2006 4 system remained in operation and continued to deter people who may otherwise have sought asylum in Australia. Yet the numbers of asylum seekers arriving at Australian air and sea ports did not materially fluctuate, nor did the numbers of people who enter Australia with permission and later claim asylum. So the demand for RACS’ services continues to remain high, especially with the large numbers of refugees who continue to be caught in the immigration pathway constructed by the Temporary Protection Visa regime”.

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2005-06

 


 

RACS Annual Report 2004-2005

2004-2005
“It is difficult to predict the future of refugee determination in Australia. One can never know in a given financial year how many asylum seekers will journey towards Australia nor how many of these will enter the Australian migration zone. Ideally, the day will come when there are no refugees or internally displaced people. The United Nations, when setting the original mandate of the UNHCR, believed this day was going to come almost 50 years ago. In the absence of sufficient political will from the international community to seriously address persecution, there is little indication that this day will come in the next 50 years. Until it comes, the services that RACS provides will remain vital. The more funding that individuals, organisations and government are able to give to RACS, the more RACS will be able to help”.

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2004-05

 


 

RACS Annual Report 2003-2004

2003-2004
“RACS is staffed by a team of refugee-specialist lawyers dedicated to the protection of refugees. The lawyers provide legal advice and assist asylum seekers (whether they are in one of the Australian immigration detention centres or living in the community) in their applications for protection visas. This is vital work as asylum seekers must be recognised by the Government as Convention refugees in order that they may be afforded the protection from Australia they so desperately require”.

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2003-04

 


 

RACS Annual Report 2002-2003

2002-2003
“The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Aust) Inc (‘RACS’) is Australia’s oldest, leading community legal centre specialising in the provision of immigration law assistance to asylum seekers seeking to be recognised as refugees”.

 

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2002-03


 

 RACS Annual Report 2001-2002

2001-2002
“The last twelve months have seen unprecedented changes in refugee law and policy in Australia. Legislative changes such as the “Pacific Solution”, the curtailing of rights to Judicial review and additional requirements for temporary protection visa holders have had considerable impact on the work of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Aust) Inc.”

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2001-02

 


 

RACS Annual Report 2000-2001

2000-2001
“Refugee status determination is a complicated legal process, requiring expert legal advice and assistance such as that provided by RACS. The work of RACS is of the highest standard”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 2000-01

 


 

RACS Annual Report 1999-2000

1999-2000
“In walking with someone through the journey of trying to be recognized as a refugee, the staff at RACS do not simply fill out forms and prepare statements. RACS becomes a point of reference through which they negotiate the refugee status determination process”.

 

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 1999-00


 

RACS Annual Report 1998-1999

1998-1999
“The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Aust) Inc (RACS) has continued its strong tradition in providing high quality legal advice to asylum seekers amidst enormous change and uncertainty”.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 1998-99

 


 

RACS Annual Report 1997-1998

1997-1998
“For an organization in the service of asylum seekers, it may be a hard life. For asylum seekers themselves, it is even harder. That is why RACS was conceived. That is why it has struggled against a formidable tide of funding, legislative and political obstacles to maintain that service that it has. And this why is has survived 10 years.

 

 

 

 

Download RACS Annual Report 1997-98

 

Policy and Law Reform

You can view or download RACS’ submissions below
December 2015 Australian Human Rights Commission shines light on Enhanced Screening‬. Download RACS full comment Click hereto download
November 2015 Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
October 2015 Migration & Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No 1) 2015 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
September 2015 Freedoms Inquiry – Supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Click here to download
April 2015 Migration Amendment (Maintaining Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
February 2015 Freedoms Inquiry – Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Click here to download
February 2015 Media release: RACS welcomes the Australian Human Rights Commission’s The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention Click here to download.
October 2014 Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
October 2014 Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
October 2014 Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
August 2014 Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
August 2014 Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
January 2014 The claim of public interest immunity over documents concerning asylum seeker policy – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
January 2014 Migration Amendment Bill 2013 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
January 2014 Migration Amendment (Regaining Control over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
February 2014 Migration Amendment Bill 2013 – Response to questions on notice – Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click hereto download
June 2014 National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 – Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Click here to download
April 2014 Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 – Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Click here to download
November 2013 Inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements – Submission to the Australian Productivity Commission Click here to download
October 2013 Letter to MPs: Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013 Click here to download
January 2013 Humanitarian Program 2013-14 and beyond – Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Click here to download
January 2012 Humanitarian Program 2012-13 and beyond – Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Click here to download
September 2011 Family Violence and immigration law – Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Click here to download
August 2011 Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Immigration Detention Click here to download
June 2011 Migration Amendment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010 – Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Immigration Detention Click here to download