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RACS has received a community grant from Australian Ethical Investment

We are thrilled to share the news that RACS has received a community grant from Australian Ethical Investment, supporting free and dedicated legal services for people seeking asylum in Australia.

Australian Ethical donates 10 per cent of its yearly profits to charitable organisations and...Read More »

RACS has a new home

Dear friends,

We are moving to 30 Botany Street, Randwick NSW 2031.

Given that the Sydney Children’s Hospital is expanding, our supporter and key partner, the University of New South Wales, has offered us a new home.

Due to our move, our office will be closed Friday, 28 September...Read More »

RACS speaks up for more transparency for ministerial intervention at 'Au pair' inquiry

People seeking asylum too often need humanitarian intervention from the Minister of Immigration. RACS has made numerous requests for Ministerial Intervention for compelling cases.

However, we have found the process is not transparent. In our experience, we do not often know why requests for Ministerial Intervention have not...Read More »

Tanya Jackson-Vaughan named as one of the AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018

“Thanks to the ongoing support of our staff, volunteers, donors and partners, we continue to provide a dedicated and free legal service to asylum seekers and refugees coming to Australia. This recognition is to all of you!” Ms Jackson-Vaughan said.

We are proud to have our Executive Director Tanya...Read More »

Media Release 2018-07-16

2018-07-16 Australian Government called upon to prevent the separation o…

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Family Unity is a human right – but not for refugees in Australia

Family Unity is a human right – but not for refugees in Australia

World Refugee Day is the day we pause for thought. The day we consider what it must be like for the 61 million people displaced by war, disasters and persecution. The day we celebrate the bravery and the...Read More »

Pro Bono Support from Hall & Wilcox

Hall & Wilcox is proud to have an active Pro Bono & Community practice which recognises and embraces the responsibilities that come with being a successful, respected firm. We recognise that there is a compelling unmet need to assist with access to justice in the Courts in our...Read More »

RACS offers a lifeboat to refugees at sea with changing policies

Rapidly changing and often hostile policy environments challenge RACS staff and solicitors attempting to generate certainty for asylum seekers.

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Written by Dominic Rolfe, Law Society Journal, Issue 40, December 2017

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MEDIA RELEASE: UN Human Rights Committee is watching

The world is watching: A new low for Australia’s human rights record

10 November 2017

The UN Human Rights Committee has singled out the Australian government’s treatment of refugees in a damning report on Australian’s human rights performance overnight.

Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Executive Director, said “Human Rights Committee’s report confirms that Australia is sliding...Read More »

Refugee assistance blitz: A race to bridge the access to justice gap

Refugee Assistance Blitz: A Race To Bridge The Access To Justice Gap


By Simon Bruck and Nicole D’Souza


  • Many people seeking asylum who arrived in Australia by boat from 13 August 2012 have recently been notified they have 60 days, with the possibility of a 30-day extension,...Read More »

பாதுகாப்பு வீசாவிற்கு விண்ணப்பிக்க 10 வாரங்கள் மட்டுமே


அக்டோபர் முதலாம் தேதிக்கு முன்னர் புகலிடக்கோரிக்கையாளர்கள் தங்களின் பாதுகாப்பு விண்ணப்பத்தினை சமர்ப்பிக்க வேண்டும் என்று அரசு கூறியிருந்த காலக்கெடு நெருங்கி வருகிறது. இது குறித்த விவரணம் தயாரித்து வழங்குகிறார் செல்வி.


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Media Statement - Four Years Too Long

RACS Media Statement 19 July

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RACS and Vinnies partnership giving a stronger voice to refugees

Read about the RACS and Vinnies Partnership to support more people seeking asylum: Asylum seeker support partnership 

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RACS wins STARTTS Humanitarian Award for 2017!

RACS is proud to be announced as the winner of the STARTTS Humanitarian Award for 2017 !


RACS’ Executive Director Tanya Jackson-Vaughan accepting the award at the launch of Refugee Week 2017

The award recognizes the hard work...Read More »

Being part of RACS is an inspiration to get up for work each day- Mariam Hammoudy


RACS lawyer Mariam Hammoudy

Being part of an organisation that gives vulnerable people hope of a second chance in life is an inspiration to get up for work each day. This is what Mariam Hammoudy feels about working as a...Read More »

Media Statement: RACS strongly opposes 1 October 2017 lodgement deadline for people seeking asylum - this is an access to justice issue

2017.05.21 RACS Response to Ministers Deadline of 1 October 2017 for Fast-Track applicants

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A Good News Story

Amir* is on his way to university AND he’s helping other people seeking asylum along the way!

In 2012, Amir came to Australia by boat, as an unaccompanied child. With a dedicated RACS lawyer to support him, he was given access to equal and fair representation before the law.

Whilst applying for...Read More »

Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Award

RACS’ Executive Director, Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, has been recognised as one of the most influential people in the Australian social sector. 

Ms Jackson-Vaughan took out one of the top spots in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards for 2016 – a list of the most influential figures in the not-for-profit sector. “I...Read More »

In solidarity: inspirational unity, courageous humanity and right to seek safety.

As refugee lawyers working at RACS we provide specialist legal assistance to people seeking asylum and refugees every day. We do so with the privilege of working at a not-for-profit community legal centre.  We work hard, we work passionately and we believe in what we do. We are the lucky...Read More »

Refugee Mothers


Refugee Mothers 

I have been moved to write this piece after noticing a unique pattern of behaviour between mothers and their children in my work at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Regardless of the qualities that characterise the mother-child relationship, or the roles both are socialised to maintain, I have been taken in my observation of...Read More »

Manus Detention Centre Built on Constitutional Sand


Manus Detention Centre Built on Constitutional Sand

RACS solicitor discusses what’s next after the PNG Supreme Court Decision…

This week’s PNG Supreme Court case decision that the detention of people seeking asylum on Manus Island is unlawful has some interesting aspects.

The PNG Parliament’s attempt to make this type of detention legal by...Read More »

How I Feel When The Government Talks About Economic Migrants

The term “economic migrant” doesn’t make much sense. The Government have been saying for some time that people who arrive by boat and claim asylum aren’t fearful of being persecuted, they just want a better life in Australia.

Scott Morrison said: “This is always going to be a honey pot for...Read More »

Why a RACS Blog?

“A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000 word document and calls it a ‘brief’.” – Kafka

It’s difficult to argue that the world needs or wants to hear more lawyers’ opinions right now.

It’s also debatable whether the world needs or wants to hear more arguments about asylum seekers when...Read More »