RACS has established partnerships with other community organisations to provide accessible legal assistance to people seeking asylum in our community.
Outreach Service At The Jesuit Refugee Service
Through a partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service, we have also continued hosting an outreach service in Westmead. Westmead Outreach runs twice weekly, and like Auburn, requires dedicated staff and volunteers to assist as many clients as possible.
At Westmead Outreach we provide clients with various pieces of legal advice, assist in the completion of forms, explain correspondence from DIBP and refer clients to other internal and external services.
Mondays: Face-to-face advice is by appointment
Fridays: Drop in times from 10am – 12pm
Westmead Outreach is located at: Jesuit Refugee Service, Arrupe Place Community Centre (50m to the left of Gate 1) 2 Darcy Road, Westmead
Outreach Service in Auburn
With the ongoing support of Auburn Council and Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, we have continued to hold an outreach service in Auburn, the suburb with the highest asylum seeker population in Sydney.
The service is based at the Auburn Centre for Community and provides advice to drop-in clients as well as people with appointments. Our Auburn Outreach is part of an asylum seeker hub at the centre, with House of Welcome and Settlement Services International providing alternating fortnightly meals, form-filling support and a Refugee Health Nurse available for much needed medical services.
Monday and Friday: Face-to-face advice by appointment only
Wednesday: drop in times from 10am-12pm
Auburn Outreach is located at 44a Macquarie Road, Auburn.
For instructions on how to get to Auburn click here.
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RACS & Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) Legal Service
Based at the ASC’s Newtown home, the partnership of RACS and ASC’s Legal Service is now in its second year of providing a holistic, wrap around service for people seeking asylum. This unique partnership has been augmented by the wonderful pro bono support of Gilbert & Tobin and Hicksons Lawyers. We are very grateful to both firms for their ongoing commitment on a weekly basis to assisting our mutual clients.
In a resource-poor sector, it is remarkable that our organisations have had the confidence and trust in each other to collaborate on such an important project. It has been very rewarding working with ASC on making this partnership a success. We hope it will continue for many years to come.
The RACS/ASC Legal Service was a finalist in the Law & Justice Awards Pro Bono Award in October 2015.
(Images (c) 2017 RACS/Renee Dixson)