In Australia, you can only get legal advice for your refugee claim from a person who is registered as a ‘migration agent’. You can check to see if someone helping you is registered as a migration agent on the Migration Registration Agents Authority’s website.
Not all migration agents work with people seeking asylum and refugees. To find migration agents who work in these areas, you can go to the Migration Institute of Australia’s website and choose ‘Refugee and Humanitarian’.
There are some places in Australia which offer free legal advice to asylum seekers and refugees, but they cannot help all asylum seekers. We have listed some of these below.
Please call only one at a time – this will mean they can help more people.
For more information on the kinds of help they provide and who can use their services, please check their website or contact them directly.
Advice for people in the ‘fast track’ process
The information below tells us what kind of help you can get if you are applying for asylum and are in the ‘fast track’ process (if you have come to Australia by boat after August 2012). For other organisations not listed here, please contact them directly.
New South Wales
Refugee & Advice Casework Service – what to do if you have been refused protection by the Department, judicial review referrals