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Asylum Seekers Centre

About us

The Asylum Seekers Centre is a place of welcome and provides practical and personal support for people living in the community who are seeking asylum.

The ASC was founded in 1993 by a community of people with human rights values which still underpin our work today. We are:

  • Compassionate and connected
  • People-centred
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative.

We are a not-for-profit organisation with a voluntary Board of Directors. We rely on philanthropic grants, individual donations, some state government support, a dedicated team of professional staff and a network of hundreds of volunteers to undertake our work. Sign up to our newsletter to receive regular updates about the work we do.

In 2020-21, the Asylum Seekers Centre assisted more than 4000 people, including 1000 children, from 92 countries.

Our vision

Australia opens its heart to people seeking asylum, affirming their basic human rights to freedom from persecution, violence and fear. Recognising our shared humanity, we extend our welcome, respect and support. We are a stronger and more vibrant country as a result.

What we do

  • Connect people to support and services: Our services include accommodation, financial relief, health care, employment assistance, education, food, material aid and recreational activities.
  • Engage community: The ASC builds and harnesses the good will in the community towards people seeking asylum. We create opportunities for people to provide practical support as well as to advocate for political change.
  • Influence policy and legal change: We draw on the direct daily experience of people seeking asylum to develop and promote campaigns to improve public laws and policies, working with other services to bring about needed change.
At the ASC

Our strategies and directions

Read our plans to continue supporting and advocating for people seeking asylum in Greater Sydney.

Andrea is shown sitting at a table looking at a laptop. The photo is taken through a glass door.
Three decades of welcome

Our history

When the Asylum Seekers Centre was established in 1993 it was the first organisation in Australia to specifically address the needs of people seeking asylum in the community.


Our Reconciliation Action Plan

As we extend our respect, provide support and say ‘welcome’ to people seeking asylum arriving in Australia, we do so in a deep acknowledgement and recognition of First Nations people as the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which people seeking asylum seek safety.

A painting at the ASC of a map of Australia with the words "Always was, always will be Aboriginal land."

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