Asylum Seeker & Refugee Rights


Our vision is that Australia’s cruel deterrence regime is replaced with a fair and humane response to forced displacement - a response focussed on safe passage, not deterrence, and which treats people with dignity, compassion and respect.

We work to achieve lasting systemic change and to mitigate the worst aspects of the current system in the interim. We do this by focussing on:

  • Action beyond our borders - We target government and corporate action on Nauru and Manus Island and on the high seas - the sites of least transparency and greatest injustice;

  • The worst excesses onshore - We also challenge the most acute human rights abuses onshore - arbitrary detention, secrecy, regressive legal changes and abuses in detention; and

  • Advocating for humane policy alternatives - We are a principled and credible voice for a more humane, lawful and constructive policy approach. Our public advocacy helps establish the preconditions for lasting change.