How we have helped
The Legacy Caseload
The Legacy Caseload was created by changes to the law in 2012 that permitted more than 30,000 asylum seekers to enter Australia, but without any clear path for applying for refugee status. Under a more recent law, these people can apply for refugee status with some guarantee of finality. Our lawyers and staff volunteer at clinics run by Refugee Legal and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service, assisting members of the Legacy Caseload to complete applications for protection visas.
Our participation in this and the Refugee Legal Clinic helped ensure that almost every person in Australia that is part of the Legacy Caseload was able to file their application for protection before 1 October 2017. We’re proud that the RACS Clinic was one of five finalists for the 2017 Human Rights Law Award.
Around 25,000 people in Australia have applied for protection as part of the Legacy Caseload. These people are asylum seekers and refugees who arrived by boat after 13 August 2012.
As their applications are determined, these individuals need advice and representation in judicial reviews of refugee decisions, and our lawyers assist them in a pro bono capacity.
Asylum Seekers Offshore
We have partnered with the Human Rights Law Centre to help refugees and asylum seekers who were previously detained in offshore detention but transferred to Australia for medical treatment.
We work with these clients to lodge applications in the High Court to prevent their transfer to offshore detention in circumstances where that transfer would be harmful to them.