For legal help in South Australia:

Following extensive consultation and community engagement, Refugee Legal and the Refugee Advocacy Service of South Australia (RASSA), the State’s only specialist community legal centre providing legal advice and assistance to people seeking asylum and refugees merged with Refugee Legal on July 1, 2022.

Since that time, Refugee Legal has worked tirelessly to provide legal services to asylum seekers vulnerable migrants across South Australia. Our initial focus was to maintain the existing service, but with great legal need presenting itself we look towards development of the service to meet that need.

We have continued to build on relationships and partnerships across the sector to assess and address legal need. With clients seeking help at all stages of the Protection visa application process, Ministerial intervention, family reunion and conversion from temporary to permanent visas, there is high demand for a specialist legal service in South Australia.

Community engagement and delivery of community legal education is a core priority for the development of our work in Australia. We know from our decades of experience that great legal need can present itself in rural and remote locations. In the last year our team delivered education sessions in Naracoorte and Bordertown, with a focus on RoS conversion (see Fast Track section in this report), family reunion and permanent protection visa applications.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead further developing services to deliver the essential assistance needed to meet the demand for legal help from many.