Legal Info

Legal information about Australian immigration and general law for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, educators, legal professionals and community workers.

Ukraine - Visa information

Some information about visa options for Ukraine nationals following the invasion by Russia in February 2022. See RAILS Fact Sheet here.

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website has information for those affected by the Ukrainian crisis at Always check this for updates..

Checking your Visa Status


How to check what visa you hold and its conditions and expiry date and about applying for and updating your Immicard.

Covid-19 information

Information in many languages about covid-19.



Information about financial and visa support during Covid-19 for TPV and SHEV holders.

For applicants and holders of permanent protection visas, TPVs and SHEVs.


Immigration Legal Advice

Fact sheet

Applying for a visa is complex. Each visa has many requirements you must meet to apply for and be granted a visa.

Visa options to Australia - Overview

An overview of some visa options to Australia under the permanent humanitarian, family and skilled visa programs, plus temporary visa options.

Offshore Humanitarian Visas


How to apply for an offshore refugee or humanitarian visa

Protection visas - general information


Who can apply for a protection visa and what will happen after you make your application.

Translations in Arabic, Dari,Farsi and Tamil.

Information on how to write your statement for a protection visa application.

Translations in Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

Key points to prepare for an interview with the Department of Home Affairs about a protection visa application.

Translations to Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.


Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV) and Temporary Protection Visas (TPV)



Safe Haven Enterprise Visas conditions, what the 'SHEV pathway' is, and how to change from a Temporary Protection Visa to a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.

Translations to Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

Information about financial support and consequences of covid-19 for TPV and SHEV holders.

What are Temporary Protection Visas and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas, how are they different from each other and how to decide which one to apply for?

Translations in Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

How to re-apply for your protection visa before it expires and the differences between a Temporary Protection Visa and a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.

Translations in Arabic, Dari,Farsi and Tamil and Rohingya audio version.

Chart outlining the 'fast-track' visa application process.

How to apply for Centrelink benefits if you need financial help.

Translations in Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

Summarised information on what your options are if your protection visa application has been rejected by the IAA

Translations in Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

Detailed guide on what your options are if your protection visa application has been rejected by the IAA

Safe Haven Enterprise Visas conditions, what the 'SHEV pathway' is, and how to change from a Temporary Protection Visa to a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.

Translations to Arabic, Dari, Farsi and Tamil.

SHEV and TPV - 'Fast Track' Interviews

Info sheet

This information sheet, translated to several languages, outlines key information for people who have applied for their first Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) under the Federal Government’s Fast Track Assessment process but who have not yet been interviewed about their application. It is essential that anyone in this situation seeks urgent legal assistance.

It is unlikely that this information will apply to people based in Queensland.

Refugee Family Reunion visas


Options for humanitarian visa holders to bring family into Australia

Temporary Visas

Fact Sheet

An overview of the types of temporary visas available in Australia

Visa cancellation


Visa cancellation for 'bad character' and ways to try to stop your visa from being cancelled.

Visa cancellation on character and other grounds - abbreviated version.

Detailed guide about visa cancellation or refusal on character grounds. Published in collaboration with the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre.



Information about applying for Australian citizenship.


Information on citizenship delays and about giving accurate information when making an application.

Songs and videos

These songs and videos can help you prepare for the citizenship test:

  1. 'Making Law' - Law and Government (audio)
  2. 'Making Law' - Law and Government (music video)
  3. 'Citizen' - Citizen Rights (audio)
  4. 'Stand together' - National symbols and values (audio)
  5. 'All together' - History of Australian Law (audio)
  6. All together' - History of Australian Law (music video)

Family Violence and Visas


Being granted permanent residency after separating from the sponsoring partner where there has been family violence, where there is a child of the relationship, or where the sponsoring partner has died.

Video fact sheet about the family violence provisions in the Migration Act 1994.

How family violence may affect a visa applicant or sponsor

    Family Law


    Legal processes for family mediation, domestic violence, separation, divorce, overseas marriages, and property settlement.

    Family Violence Prevention

    Peace-Building Action and Training

    Toolkit and Pledge of Ethics to lead your community peace-building and family violence prevention. Contact for Peace-Building training courses and information 

    Peace-Building Toolkit

    Peace-Building Pledge 

    Keeping Safe - Info Sheet

    Men Managing Change - family peace-building messages made in Men’s Sheds

    Micro-movies promoting peaceful ways to combat conflict and build family relationships. The videos emerged out of a two-year conversation with newly settled communities about preventing family violence, and workshops exploring men's understanding of their rights, cultural attitudes and change.

    They are available in English and nine other languages.

    • Adapt - strong men learning about equality

    Versions in Amharic, Dinka, French, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Tigrinya and Swahili.

    • Make it right - strength and control can be violence and break up your family

    Versions in Amharic, Dinka, French, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Tigrinya and Swahili.

    Versions in Amharic, Oromo and Tigrinya.

    • Move on - men staying strong and respectful after separation

    Versions in Amharic, Dinka, French, Kirundi, Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya and Swahili.


      DV community dialogue - Help me!

      'Help me!' is an educational kit that uses theatre to create safe ways to dialogue about family violence. Through exploring the characters and family dynamics in the drama, participants get to understand family violence more deeply, and create and test practical waysto respond.‘Help Me!‘ can be held as a workshop using the video and Facilitator’sGuide, or as a live ‘forum theatre’ performance.

      1. 'Help me!' workshop guide
      2. 'Help me!'  video


      Songs about preventing family violence

      1. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (audio)
      2. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (music video)


      DV Help lines raps

      Raps in different languages about domestic violence help lines for men and women.

      1. Mens Help Line - Arabic (audio)
      2. Mens Help Line - Dinka (audio)
      3. Mens Help Line - English (audio)
      4. Domestic Violence Help Line (women) - Swahili (audio)
      5. Domestic Violence Help Line (women) - Dinka (audio)
      6. Domestic Violence Help Line (women) - English (audio)

      Family Peace - Learn law while learning English

      Family Peace

      Kit with resources for improving English language skills while learning about family law.

      1. Family Peace overview
      2. Bee's story 1
      3. Bee's story 2
      4. Language teaching activities
      5. Tools for parents
      6. Facilitator manual
      7. Key word worksheets


      Community Law Kit

      Kit with resources to learn English language and the law. It includes a reader CD, a Law Book and a Learning Resource that explore practical approaches to everyday legal problems through drama, music and story.

      'Community Law Kit'  is available through TAFE Queensland. You can read more about 'Community Law Kit'  in this document.

      Community workers' resources


      Information for support workers working with our clients.

      Risk management strategies when working with clients.

      Useful information when helping clients who have lawyers.

      Lawyers doing migration work


      Information about lawyers doing migration work. 

      Learn law through music

      Folk Law

      Folk Law' is a music CD and songbook with original songs about everyday law. The songs cover the legal system, shopping, buying cars, driving, renting, bullying, police, courts, family violence, work rights, resolving disputes, discrimination and citizenship.

      1. 'All together' - History of Australian Law (audio)
      2. All together' - History of Australian Law (music video)
      3. 'Making Law' - Law and Government (audio)
      4. 'Making Law' - Law and Government (music video)
      5. 'Making Law' Lyrics and chords
      6. 'Stand together' Music video
      7. 'Stand together' Lyrics and chords
      8. 'Law Rules'- Legal system: a song about justice and the rule of law. (audio)
      9. 'Law Rules' Lyrics and chords
      10. 'Soul shoes'- Resolving disputes (audio)
      11. 'Soul Shoes' Lyrics and chords
      12. 'Consumer Rights' - Shopping (audio)
      13. 'Consumer Rights' Lyrics and chords
      14. 'Buyer Beware' - Shopping (audio)
      15. 'Buyer Beware' Lyrics and chords
      16. 'Money Dreams' - Credit, debt, budgeting (audio)
      17. 'Money Dreams' Lyrics and chords
      18. 'Buying a car' - Shopping (audio)
      19. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (audio)
      20. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (music video)
      21. 'Storms' Lyrics and chords
      22. 'Take Care' - Bullying (audio)
      23. 'Take Care' Resources - Support Services
      24. 'Beat the Rap' - Cops, crime, Courts (music video)
      25. 'Beat the Rap' Lyrics and cords
      26. 'Landlord' - Rental Rights (audio)
      27. 'Landlord' Lyrics and chords
      28. "Work Rights' - Work (audio)
      29. 'Work Rights' Lyrics and chords
      30. 'Discrimination' - Human Rights (audio)
      31. 'Discrimination' Lyrics and chords
      32. 'Citizen' - Citizen Rights (audio)
      33. 'Citizen' Lyrics and chords
      34. 'Car cha cha' - a song about buying a new vehicle (audio)
      35. 'Car cha cha' (lyrics and chords)
      36. 'Glass Half Full' Lyrics and chords
      37. 'Drive safely' Lyrics and chord
      38. 'Peacekeeper' Video

      You can also view or download:

      1. 'Folk Law' CD cover
      2. 'Folk Law' song book, with the lyrics and cord charts to all songs

      Order a hard copy of the CD and the songbook by completing the order form and sending it by email to

      Civics Education

      Civics Rap

      'Civics Rap' invites learners to dialogue, dance, sing, rap and reflect about key issues and empowers us to take responsibility and make right choices. 

      Our education resources contain general legal information, not professional legal advice on particular matters. If you need specific legal advice, see a registered migration agent or lawyer.

      For any feedback, questions or comments, email