The Refugee Advice and Casework Service is committed to policy and law reform advocacy that is informed by the experiences of our clients. We advocate for a refugee status determination process which is fair to people seeking asylum and which respects the rule of law.

Our policy and law reform work can include:

  • Advocating on behalf of people seeking asylum by helping our clients make complaints with the United Nations, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Red Cross or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
  • Providing comments on draft legislation, policies, procedures or other regulatory instruments.
  • Preparing formal submissions and responses to inquiries and reviews established by Government or other organisations.
  • Making direct representation or lobbying Government, regulators, politicians and/or other organisations for improvements in the law or its administration.
  • Raising awareness of relevant issues and promoting possible solutions.
  • Conducting or participating in public campaigns to highlight an issue and/or build support for change.
Submissions and Publications

 

October 2017 Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017

 

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October 2017 Law Council of Australia - The Justice Project

 

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September 2017 Submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in relation to the Policy Consultation Paper: Visa Simplification: Transforming Australia’s Visa System.

 

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August 2017 Australian Border Force Amendment (Protected Information) Bill 2017

 

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July 2017 Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening The Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

 

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January 2017 Migration Legislation Amendment (Code of Procedure Harmonisation)
Bill 2016
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December 2015 Australian Human Rights Commission shines light on Enhanced Screening‬. Click here to download

 

November 2015 Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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October 2015 Migration & Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No 1) 2015 – Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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September 2015 Freedoms Inquiry – Supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

 

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April 2015 Migration Amendment (Maintaining Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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February 2015 Freedoms Inquiry - Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

 

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February 2015 Media release: RACS welcomes the Australian Human Rights Commission’s The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

 

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October 2014 Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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October 2014 Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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October 2014 Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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August 2014 Migration Amendment (Protecting Babies Born in Australia) Bill 2014 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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August 2014 Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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January 2014 The claim of public interest immunity over documents concerning asylum seeker policy - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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January 2014 Migration Amendment Bill 2013 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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January 2014 Migration Amendment (Regaining Control over Australia’s Protection Obligations) Bill 2013 - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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February 2014 Migration Amendment Bill 2013 – Response to questions on notice - Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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June 2014 National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014 - Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission

 

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April 2014 Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014 – Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

 

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November 2013 Inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements – Submission to the Australian Productivity Commission

 

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October 2013 Letter to MPs: Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013

 

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January 2013 Humanitarian Program 2013-14 and beyond – Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

 

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January 2012 Humanitarian Program 2012-13 and beyond – Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship

 

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September 2011 Family Violence and immigration law – Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

 

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August 2011 Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Immigration Detention

 

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June 2011 Migration Amendment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010 - Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Immigration Detention Click here to download