People who come to Australia seeking asylum are amongst the most vulnerable people who come into contact with Australia’s legal and migration system. RACS is committed to helping these people. Our core work is to help people present their cases properly to Australian decision-makers.
- give people information and advice about refugee law and processes;
- listen to the stories of people seeking asylum and help them present this information in a relevant manner so decision makers can determine their refugee status;
- represent children who are in Australia without their parents;
- make complaints for people about serious violations of their human rights to the Australian and United Nations complaints bodies; and
- write submissions, advocate and lobby for law reform.
RACS is proud of the diversity of legal support we are able to provide:
- Full-time Casework Service to represent and help people seeking asylum present their case effectively with the Department of Home Affairs and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
- Free Telephone Advice service to give information and advice to people who cannot attend one of our Outreach locations or have urgent matters.
- Face-to-Face Advice Clinic by appointment at Randwick, Auburn and Westmead.
- The Legal Help for Refugees Clinic assists people seeking asylum who arrived by boat with their protection claims to the Department of Home Affairs and the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA).
- The Legal Help for Unaccompanied Children Project assists children seeking asylum who arrived by boat unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
- The Asylum Seekers Centre Legal Clinic is run in partnership with RACS and assists ASC (Asylum Seekers Centre) clients with advice and assistance in relation to their protection claims.
- The Auburn Legal Outreach Service assists residents of the Cumberland local government area with short drop-in sessions and longer sessions by appointment.
- The Jesuit Refugee Service Outreach Service assists people with short drop-in sessions and longer sessions by appointment.
- Justice for Refugees Project (J4R) is a judicial review referral service for people seeking asylum who have been refused by or excluded from the IAA.
- Data Breach Clinic assists people seeking asylum who may have been affected by the 2014 data breach on the Department of Immigration website.
Funding Cuts and Changes to our Services
Currently the majority of our work is unfunded. To continue the vital legal work to serve people seeking asylum, we raise funds through a variety of programs so that we can continue to provide advice and assistance to these people. Please DONATE NOW
If you are a person seeking asylum or refugee and believe RACS may be able to assist you in some way, please visit our HOW WE CAN HELP page for more information.
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