Since opening its doors in June 2001, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
has become the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for
asylum seekers in Australia. The ASRC works directly with asylum seekers,
both living in our community and in detention, to provide direct aid and support as
they seek refugee status in Australia. It also campaigns and lobbies on behalf of
asylum seekers and all Australians who want to change the unjust policies that Australia
has adopted. Most importantly, at times of despair and hopelessness the ASRC is there
to offer comfort, friendship, hope and respite.
Volunteering is at the heart of the ASRC’s operations, with people of a mix of ages,
cultures and qualifications contributing a wide variety of essential skills and
knowledge to the organisation.
Volunteers make up the vast majority of the ASRC’s workforce and the centre
values the substantial contribution that these individuals play in the provision
of aid, justice and empowerment to asylum seekers. Volunteers at the ASRC operate
in a culture in which both paid staff and volunteers work collectively to improve
the quality of life of asylum seekers in Australia.
You can find out more about the process of applying to become a volunteer,
information on our programs, and a FAQ section on the ASRC volunteering webpage.