Resources

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

Our resources are available in English and other key languages. 

Family Violence Prevention

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 Violence and Visas

    Factsheets

    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.

     

      Protection visas - general information

      Factsheets

      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.

       

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

      Factsheets

      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.

      Visa cancellation

      Factsheets

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

      Overview: visa cancellation on character and other grounds - abbreviated version.

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

      Family reunion

      Factsheet

      Overview: options for humanitarian visa holders to bring family into Australia.

      Citizenship

      Factsheets

      Overview: 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 Law

      Factsheets

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

      Community workers' resources

      Factsheets

      Information for support workers working with our clients.

      Risk management strategies when working with clients.

      Useful information when helping clients who have lawyers.

      Songs about everyday law

      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. 'Law Rules'- Legal system (audio)
      6. 'Soul shoes'- Resolving disputes (audio)
      7. 'Consumer Rights' - Shopping (audio)
      8. 'Buyer Beware' - Shopping (audio)
      9. 'Money Dreams' - Credit, debt, budgeting (audio)
      10. 'Buying a car' - Shopping (audio)
      11. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (audio)
      12. 'Storms' - Domestic violence (music video)
      13. 'Take Care' - Bullying (audio)
      14. 'Beat the Rap' - Cops, crime, Courts (music video)
      15. 'Landlord' - Rental Rights (audio)
      16. "Work Rights' - Work (audio)
      17. 'Discrimination' - Human Rights (audio)
      18. 'Citizen' - Citizen Rights (audio)

      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 education@rails.org.au.

      Learn about the law while learning English language

      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.

      Crime and courts

      Beat the rap

      'Beat the Rap' is a DVD that we created with school students from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It contains a compelling story, three great songs and a powerful message.

      Music videos:

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

      For any feedback, questions or comments, email education@rails.org.au.