Annual Reports

RACS Annual Report 2016-2017

This year is a year to be thankful. We couldn’t have achieved the impossible without the extraordinary community support we have received this past year and a half.

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RACS Annual Report 2015-2016

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There are currently over 24,000 people seeking asylum in Australia who came by boat and are now subject to Fast Track Processing.
Each is a unique human being, each with different life experiences.
And they share one thing in common: to obtain protection they need to speak with a human rights lawyer.
At RACS a dedicated group of lawyers and support staff work to obtain safety and protection for ordinary people from all over the world.
The importance of our work cannot be overstated. Under Fast Track Processing, with one interview and no right to appeal, demand for our service is now at unprecedented levels.

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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.

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 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".

 

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 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".

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RACS Annual Report 2011-2012

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

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 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".

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 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".

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  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".

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 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".

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 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".

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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".

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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".

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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".

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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".

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 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."

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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".

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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".

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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".

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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.

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Media Statements + Comments
RACS in the Media

2017

'This is breaking people': visa deadline stress strains asylum services 

There Is A Fresh Asylum Seeker Crisis In Australia, And We Need To Act Now

Government Threatens To Cut Off Asylum Seeker Visas Within 30 Days

'Draconian and dangerous': Despair over fresh crackdown on asylum seekers

Asylum seekers' applications doomed to fail after visa deadline changes, says refugee support service

US doubt shake Australia's asylum policy

2016

Western Sydney centre helping asylum seekers access legal advice

'Fast-track' process for asylum seekers to result in lengthy delays as court challenges mount

2015

Syrian asylum seekers: Refugee groups say 12,000 people will be welcomed

Refugee legal centre’s future secure

Explainer: Difference between migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Secret freeze on refugee citizenship processes

Refugee legal centres struggling to help people with visa claims

Constituency Statements. Sydney Electorate: Immigration Legal Services

Stalling the lawyers who aid asylum seeker

Asylum Seekers Lose Freedom Of Information Rights

Temporary protection visas could be blocked by 'unworkable' deadline

Time Running Out For Refugee Legal Service Funding

The Australian legal centre taking law into its own hands for asylum seekers

Backlog of 30,000 asylum claims to be processed under new laws

Bill easing liability for using 'reasonable force' against detainees condemned

2014

Government: Free health, legal services for refugees

Legal Service for Migrants is Free

Jackson Gallagher, our Ambassador from Home and Away, showing his support for RACS

RACS in the Australian Charity Storybook

 

Awards

June 2018

Sarah Dale - Winner of the Lawyers Weekly Migration Partner of the Year Award

"Sarah is an inspirational lawyer. She is an amazing advocate and she puts herself on the line every day, helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society and publicly advocating for their rights." Heidi Nash-Smith

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/biglaw/23457-australia-s-top-partners-revealed

UNSW Law School Hackathon

At the inaugural UNSW Law School hackathon by UNSW law students in 2016, an idea developed for RACS and realised by our pro bono partners Gilbert & Tobin, won first prize at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers awards in Hong Kong. Thomson Reuters provided the software licences which allowed us to share the “portal” with caseworkers who support our clients and wish to refer them to our legal service

https://gtlaw.com.au/news/gt-wins-2018-ft-innovative-lawyers-asia-pacific-awards