People seeking asylum who arrived in Australia by boat between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014 face an incredible challenge to access justice.
This group of up to 30,000 people is defined by how and when they arrived in the country. If recognised as refugees, they can only access temporary forms of protection, having their claims re-assessed every 3 or 5 years. If unsuccessful, they risk return to the country they fear. This unjust system leaves them in a situation of grave uncertainty and vulnerability.
The Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance (ASRA) program brings together several organisations to offer people seeking asylum support essential to them. As one of these organisations, we provide legal support coordination at the following locations:
- Romero Centre: every Monday from 1 to 4:30 pm, at 20 Dutton St, Dutton Park
- ACCESS Logan: every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm, at 91 Wembley Rd, Logal Central
- Indooroopilly Uniting Church: every Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm, at 74 station Road, Indooroopilly
- Gatton: last Tuesday of each month from 12pm tp 4pm, at 49 North Street, Gatton
Other organisations providing services at these locations are:
- Red Cross: employment support
- Multicultural Australia: TPV and SHEV support
- QPASTT: mental health support
- WWG: health advocacy
- MCS and Romero Hub: housing and accommodation support
- IOM and Centrelink: visiting services as needed
You can find more information about the ASRA program here.
This program is funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
For more information about free legal assistance for holders of temporary forms of protection, visit our UAS page.