Legal Assistance for Fast Track Applicants – from 1 October 2017

This information sheet explains the legal assistance Refugee Legal is providing for people who have already applied for protection under the Fast Track Assessment process before 1 October and need further legal help with the processing of their case.

It is essential that people get legal assistance for this process.


Refugee Legal can provide you with free legal assistance for the processing of your application at the following three stages:

  1. Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department): While your application is being processed by the Department we can assist you with:
    • Providing further information and legal submissions; and
    • Your interview with the Department.
  2. Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA): If your application has been refused by the Department, we can assist you with providing further information and legal submissions to the IAA.
  3. The Courts: If your application has been refused by the IAA, we can assist you with appealing the decision to the Court.

The legal assistance will be provided by our Refugee Legal team of trained and experienced lawyers/registered migration agents. This help will be provided at one of our weekday or weekend clinics.

All legal assistance provided by Refugee Legal is free. On-site or telephone interpreters will be available for any person who needs interpreting assistance.

Refugee Legal is a non-profit community legal centre specialising in refugee and immigration law, policy and practice. Refugee Legal has been at the forefront of providing legal assistance to asylum seekers and refugees for 29 years.

For legal help, contact us by:

Tel:       (03) 9413 0101 or

For further information about the Fast Track process, go to:

Important: If you arrived by boat in Australia between 12 August 2012 and 1 January 2014 and you did NOT lodge an application for a visa before 1 October 2017, please contact Refugee Legal immediately for further advice and assistance.