RAILS engages in law and policy reform in key areas, including protection visas, applications under the domestic violence provisions of the Migration Regulations, refugee family reunion, and others.  RAILS also provides media comment on certain matters in the interests of our clients.  Media queries should be made to the Director, Greg Mackay, at .


RAILS Senate Submission Strengthening Citizenship regarding Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017, 21 July 2017 

The Brisbane refugee legal service looking beyond October 1, 4ZZZ FM, 22 June 2017

Legal aid staff claims ‘fast track’ assessment is putting people at risk, The Catholic Leader, 27 April 2017


Foreign parents, Australian children, ABC Radio National, 7 July 2015


Solomon Islands mother Francesca Teua to be deported; Australian daughter’s future unknown, ABC News, 10 October 2014

Brisbane father fears for baby son as Vietnamese ex-partner faces deportation, ABC Radio Australia, 18 April 2014

Brisbane lawyer decries move to deport foreign mothers of Australian children, Louisa Rebgetz, ABC News, 14 March 2014


Amnesty International, A post-election discussion on the future of Australia’s refugee and asylum policies, Speech by the Principal Solicitor, Dr Angus Francis, 10 September 2013

Asylum Seekers and Immigration Detention, Law Council Review, July-September 2013

Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Asia Pacific Region (edited by Dr Angus Francis and Dr Rowena Maguire), Ashgate Publishing, September 2013

Amnesty International, Purgatory or Paradise – The PNG Solution, 31 August 2013, Speech by the Principal Solicitor, Dr Angus Francis, 21 August 2013

RAILS Director, Raquel Aldunate, launches RAILS’ new regional training program concerning the family violence provisions of the Migration Regulations 1994, 20 August 2013

RAILS endorses Refugee Council of Australia’s joint statement on refugee policy on the first anniversary of the Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, 13 August 2013

RAILS’ workers (Rob Lachowicz, Grace Prince, Sandra Gould and Patrick Turner) at the Multicultural Development Association’s Lantern Walk, 23 June, 2013

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Seminar – Asylum Seeking and the Law: the Minister, Human Rights and Accountability, Speech by the Principal Solicitor, Dr Angus Francis, 31 May 2013

UQ Justice and the Law Society (JATL) and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR), CLE seminar update on recent developments in the Australian Government’s asylum seeker policy, Speech by the Principal Solicitor, Dr Angus Francis, 30 April 2013

Earlier activities

Pro Bono Refugee Law and Practice

RAILS recently co-hosted (with the Queensland Bar Association and Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House) a forum on pro bono refugee law and practice, attended by over 80 members of the legal profession.

For more information on the program click here.

If you would like a copy of the recording or paper from the forum please email

Changes to the family violence provisions

By letter dated 15 July 2012, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  invited our comment on the proposed amendments to the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994.

For RAILS’ comments click here

Refugee and Immigration National Community Law Coalition (RAINCLC)

RAILS is a member of RAINCLC, a network of community legal centres with expertise in the refugee, immigration and citizenship areas.  Recent submissions put forward by RAINCLC include:

A letter to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on the proposal to excise the Australian mainland, dated 1 November 2012

A comment on the the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Assessing Claims of Statelessness (DIAC Statelessness Guidelines), dated 19 October 2012









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