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Asylum Seekers Centre

Providing hope and safety to people seeking asylum

People seeking asylum in Australia often wait years for their visa applications to be processed.

While they wait to start their new lives, they are not eligible for government income support and face barriers to work, study and community involvement.

The Asylum Seekers Centre works to connect people seeking asylum to support and services, engage community and influence policy and legal change.

Our practical services include emergency accommodation, financial relief, health care, employment assistance, education, food, material aid and recreational activities.

Help given in 2020-21

Food asylum seeker support

2020

People regularly supported with food

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3814

Medications provided

Emergency housing accommodation asylum seeker refugee support

894000

Spent on rent relief

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350

Laptops and phones distributed

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160

Families helped with school enrolment

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2380

New Opal cards, renewals and replacements

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11000

Spent on public transport access

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129

Job placements

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54

Childcare placements

See our annual reports

Our strategy

Strategic plan 2019-2022

Our goals include: connecting people seeking asylum to supports & service, engaging community and influencing policy & legal change.

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Our strategy

ASC’s Future Directions

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to reflect on our work and to consider ways that the ASC can improve.

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