Public Interest Careers Guide - Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

Field of Law

Asylum Seekers; Community Legal Centres

Stage of career

Secondary; Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact details

Address: 214-218 Nicholson Street, Footscray  VIC  3011
Phone: (03) 9326 6066
Visit the ASRC websiteContact person: Shabnum Cassim

Description of Organisation

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is Australia's leading asylum seeker organization. ASRC is a multi - award winning, independent human rights organization that works at the coalface assisting some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.

The ASRC aims to protect and uphold the human rights, wellbeing and dignity of asylum seekers by providing Aid, Empowerment, Justice and Community programs.  Since opening in June 2001, the ASRC has become the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers in Australia. ASRC works directly with asylum seekers, both living in the community and detention, to provide direct aid and support as they seek refugee status in Australia.

Under the one roof you will find an extraordinary Centre with more than 800 volunteers, 23 direct programs and over 2000 asylum seekers receiving our support. All of this achieved without a single dollar of Federal Government funding and with more than 95% of funding coming solely from the community and philanthropy.

The ASRC Human Rights Law Program, auspiced within the broader ASRC, is committed and dedicated to the principle of providing a holistic and integrated legal service to asylum seekers.

ASRC's principal work is to assist asylum seekers through the Refugee Determination Process. ASRC represents clients at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Refugee Review Tribunal and instruct in Court matters. ASRC also engages in community legal education, legal research and policy/advocacy work.

In 2013 ASRC was one of the first Community Legal Centres in Victoria to be accredited under the new National Association of Community Legal Centres' accreditation process.

Number and type of positions within organisation

10 Solicitors/Migration Agents

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?


Contact person for school trip and/or speakers:

Jenn Clark, Schools Program Manager at ASRC, or

Any other opportunities for secondary school students?

Please contact: Dana Affleck, Youth Organiser Coordinator for the Youth Action Project Network at ASRC

Or sign up with the ASRC Newsletter

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a Graduate or seasonal clerkship Program?


What sorts of volunteer or internship opportunities are available?

A minimum of one day per week (10am- 5pm) volunteering with the Human Rights Law Program.

PLT work experience placement

Summer and Winter Placement (only available for current Human Rights Law Program volunteers)

Work experience placement for international students

Please see:

Contact person for volunteers: Shabnum Cassim, Legal Volunteer Coordinator,

What are they looking for in a volunteer/employee?

Volunteer: It varies depending on the Program, but for the Human Rights Law Program a minimum commitment of one day per week for a year is requried. Volunteers should be committed to the principles of working in a Community Legal Centre and assisting asylum seekers in Australia. They will preferably have experience and/or knowledge of human rights law and migration/refugee law.

Employee: Dedication to the protection of human rights and a firm belief in the vision and mission of the ASRC to assist asylum seekers. In the Human Rights Law Program employees should have experience working in migration / refugee law and human rights law and be practising solicitors eligible for registration as migration agents.

Information for practicing lawyers

Work opportunities are advertised on and we advertise on a needs basis. The qualifications and experience required for solicitor roles is dependent on the advertised Position Description.

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

See above

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Working with asylum seekers / refugees. Working in the Community Legal Centre sector.

On average, how many positions become available per year?


How many applications do you receive for these?

Approximately 35 applications.

Where do you advertise your positions?

On ASRC website, ASRC Volunteer Bulletin,, info exchange website. Federation CLCs website, NACLC website.

Advice for applicants

We do not accept volunteer applications outside of our recruitment processes. If you would like more information on the recruitment process please email:

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