On this page you will find the ASRC’s publications and submissions.

ASRC Submission - Australia's Engagement in Afghanistan

Our submission highlights the comprehensive range of legislative and policy architecture that have worked to deliberately and permanently discriminate against, and punish, refugees from Afghanistan, especially those who arrived in Australia by boat. boat. This is also a story which is directly related to Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan and needs to be told in this Inquiry.

ASRC Submission - Migrant wait period, July 2021

The ASRC is concerned by the amendments raised in this Bill and we endorse the submissions of the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) submission and the Federation of Ethnic and Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) to this amendment. We strongly recommend that this Bill not be passed as it denies people in need access to critical support to raise their family and look after loved ones.

ASRC Submission - Mental Health Reform Engagement

The ASRC commends the Department of Health’s consultative process on the development of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute through this submission. 

The overarching assurance of a rights-based, social determinants of health approach, and the advancement of a commitment to promoting conditions that reduce inequalities and ensure the…

ASRC Submission - Senate Inquiry on Courts and Tribunals

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Legal and  Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee to the inquiry into the Courts and Tribunals Legislation Amendment (2021 Measure No. 1) Bill 2021 (the Inquiry).

We work exclusively with people seeking asylum many of whom rely upon the integrity and independence of the merits review bodies, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (the AAT) and the…

ASRC Submission - Senate Inquiry on Family Reunion

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee on the Inquiry into the efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of the processing
and granting of visa classes which provide for or allow for family and partner reunions (the Inquiry).

We work with people seeking asylum and refugees, many of whom desperately wish…

COVID-19: One year on

In normal times, people seeking asylum are among the most vulnerable in our
community; many cannot access Centrelink, Medicare, or other social security benefits
that allow them to live independently in the community.

This already challenging
environment was exacerbated by COVID-19. After March, the pandemic exposed
people to even greater risk of destitution and loss.

ASRC Submission - Information Disclosure Strengthening Bill

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation
Committee on the Migration and Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions Bill
2020 (the Bill).

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is an independent, not for profit organisation working to support
and empower people seeking asylum in…

ASRC Submission - Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the House of representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs ‘Inquiry into Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence’. 

We work with people seeking asylum, most of whom hold bridging visas and are therefore ineligible for most forms of social support including COVID-19 safety nets, many of whom also face the double disadvantage of being victims of family and sexual violence.

ASRC Submission - Temporary Migration

ASRC submission - Temporary Migration

Submission to the inquiry into and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions.

The ASRC is deeply concerned about the impact of temporary migration in relation to people seeking asylum and refugees. Much of our work is supporting people who arrived in Australia by sea in 2012-2013…

ASRC Submission to the Immigration (Education) Amendment

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to this
important inquiry.

The ASRC is supportive of the Bill and recommends it is passed. The ASRC is supportive of the aims and functions of the Bill to increase access to funded English language classes for new and prospective
migrants to Australia.

ASRC Submission - Prohibited Items Bill 2020

ASRC submission - Prohibited Items Bill 2020

ASRC’s submission to the Senate Committee on the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 raises alarm on human rights abuses that will result from extended search, seizure and screening powers without a warrant that the amendment would give authorised officers in immigration detention.


ASRC Submission - Select Committee Covid19

ASRC submission - Select Committee Covid19

We welcome the opportunity to make a submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19.

In times of normality, people seeking asylum are one of the most vulnerable groups in our community, as many do not have access to Centrelink, Medicare and other social security benefits that allow them to live independently in the community.

Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

A repeal of the Medevac transfer process would prevent acutely unwell refugees and people seeking asylum in Papua New Guinea and Nauru from being able to access a non-political medical triage process to facilitate their transfer to Australia for medical treatment which cannot be provided in Papua New Guinea or Nauru. If the Bill is passed, preventable deaths and permanent injuries will very likely occur.V

Inquiry on Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

This Bill would put refugees at risk of refoulement, result in arbitrary and disproportionate visa cancellation decisions that will create great hardship to visa holders and affected Australians. Children, young adults and vulnerable people with capacity issues would be particularly affected  under this Bill and family violence victims would be at higher risk of consequential visa cancellation.

The Impact of Cuts to Status Resolution Support Services

Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) is a safety net for vulnerable people seeking asylum who are excluded from mainstream support services in Australia. Over the past two years, the government has cut its budget for the SRSS safety net by 60%, putting thousands of people at risk of compounded poverty, deteriorating health and homelessness.

Visit to Manus

In November 2017, three members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre visited the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea.

The visit was prompted by the events of 31 October 2017 when the Turnbull Government ordered all staff and personnel to abandon 606 men in the detention centre.

Right Track Conversations

We’re having powerful conversations and taking local action to shift community attitudes and advocate for safety, fairness and freedom for people seeking asylum.

Read our conversation report. The first statewide report capturing the views of over 1000 people across every federal VIC electorate in Victoria and two in the ACT on the asylum process.

Volunteers at the ASRC

Volunteers make up the bulk of the ASRC’s workforce, numbering over 1200 and undertaking a variety of roles in 30 different programs.

A survey of volunteers was carried out to allow the ASRC Volunteer Program to capture volunteer voices and insights.


Publication cover: Australia's Man-Made Crisis on Nauru: six years on

Australia's man-made crisis

Six years after the Australian government began sending people seeking asylum to Nauru, there are still around 900 people left on the island, including 109 children. This ASRC and Refugee Council report brings together six years of evidence of trauma and abuse and a comprehensive picture of the current intensifying crisis people held on Nauru live through under Australia’s offshore processing policy.

Words that work: making the best case for people seeking asylum

Words that Work

In 2015, the ASRC decided we needed to find a better way to talk about people seeking asylum. We commissioned a multi-phase research project to uncover and test the ways we can put forward the most compelling case for a more humane approach to people seeking asylum. The result was an incredible piece of research and recommendations.

Christmas island aerial

The Forgotten Men of Christmas Island

In August 2016 Pamela Curr, from ASRC, and Sr Brigid Arthur, from the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, travelled to Christmas Island to visit the men seeking asylum, who are currently held in the detention centre, more than 2600 kilometres from the nearest capital city, Perth.

Publication cover: At what cost? The human and economic cost of Australia's offshore detention policies 2019

At what cost? The human and economic cost of Australia’s offshore detention policies 2019

The ASRC, Save the Children and Getup commissioned a report to update the economic costs of offshore detention projected over the next three years.