Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS)
Message from RAR President –
As SRSS cuts start to bite we will have more requests for assistance, so if you have accommodation, please let me know.
If any members want to assist me to organise requests can you let me know please.
SRSS leaflet –
You can print it out double sided and there is room at the bottom for the name, address and phone number of your local member.
Thank you Mike from Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR.
- Cuts to SRSS are already happening
- SRSS was paid to people while they wait for their asylum applications to be processed.
- Processing of asylum applications has blown out to 2020
- SRSS was only 85% of Newstart
• 13.299 people could be affected
• This includes 4,059 children (age 0- 17 years).
- Help will be needed for food, housing, social inclusion and jobs.
What you can do …
Write or phone Malcolm Turnbull to stop these changes being rolled out
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull –
Phone: Wentworth Office – (02) 9327 3988 or Canberra Office – (02) 6277 7700
Email: Use the this form to email the Prime Minister.
Letters – Prime Minister, Parliament House, CANBERRA ACT 2600 or PO Box 545, Edgecliff, NSW, 2027
- RCOA Petition – Aim – 5,000 signatures in 3 months
- Contact your local member and express your concern.
- Ensure your local community is informed
- Contact if you are willing to help with food, housing, jobs, funding, so we can direct you to support the appropriate services
- Volunteer to support RAR National to co-ordinate these services if required
More SRSS information –
- Changes to SRSS – 4 May 2018
- RCOA’s Briefing Note 24 April 2018: Drastic Reductions to Income Support for People Seeking Asylum
- RCOA’s Briefing Note 17 April 2018: Outline to SRSS changes
- Cuts to SRSS program – RCOA’s petition calls on Malcolm Turnbull to #ChangeThePolicy of cruelty and save these life-saving supports for people seeking asylum.
- RCOA – https://www.refugeecouncil.
- TSUNAMI of Homelessness and Poverty set to hit on JUNE 4 – by | May 4, 2018
- A letter from Kamran Right now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is overseeing one of the largest cuts to support for people seeking asylum that this country has ever seen. The Status Resolution Support Service (SRSS) provides people like me, with basic support to help us build our lives in the Australia. Read Kamran’s letter here
- BMRSG Helps Saving these men from life on the streets. Since September 2017 Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group has been financially supporting nine young men originally evacuated to Australia from Manus Island and Nauru with severe medical and psychological conditions. Already traumatised by their experiences and still new to Australian life, they were cut off from government payments without a warning date and given 3 weeks to get out Read more
- In response to the changes to SRSS, in April the Buddies Refugee Support Group on the Sunshine Coast (Qld) has pledged to give $750 a month for at least 6 months towards accommodation and food costs for affected families in Brisbane.The funds are going to three organisations; the Asylum Circle and MDA (providing suitable accommodation for families) and the Romero Centre (providing food and grocery vouchers). You can help by signing petitions, supporting Buddies ongoing Food Drive, volunteering to help with Buddies fundraisers or running your own fundraiser.
- RAR National Press Release on Community Sponsorship – 23 April 2018
- CRSI – Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
Prof Triggs, former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, used her speech at the recent National RAR Conference to call for an Australian Bill of Rights.
‘‘Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies, legislation and actions can be benchmarked,’’ Prof Triggs told the 300-strong conference.
She gave examples of how the human rights of people seeking asylum have suffered because courts have not had such a legal tool to use.
Boat ‘turnbacks’ in Australia: a quick guide to the statistics since 2001 –
Compiled by Parliamentary Library staff – Updated 16 November 2017
Fifty more refugees approved to leave Manus and Nauru for US – The Guardian, 18 April
About 50 refugees are expected to leave Manus Island and Nauru in coming weeks to start new lives in the US. The refugees received their final approvals on Wednesday morning and will join about 230 who have resettled in America. Since resettlements under the deal started in September, about 145 refugees have left Nauru and 85 have left Manus Island. Labor senator Kristina Keneally said Australians wanted to see a speedy resolution to clearing the offshore camps… more
Cameroon team chief says he’s heard nothing from missing athletes – ABC News, 16 April
Cameroon’s Chef de Mission has flown out of the Gold Coast having heard nothing from his eight missing Commonwealth Games athletes, saying he is exhausted from the scrutiny prompted by their disappearance. Victor Agbor Nso had to deal with the media fallout after the athletes vanished from the athletes’ village during competition in a series of late night walk-outs. All but one had competed in their individual events before they disappeared. The athletes could be legitimate refugees, advocates say… more
DID YOU KNOW?
Refugee Welcome Zones: Local Councils building a culture of welcome for refugees
A Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ) is a Local Government Area which has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community. The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative began in June 2002 as part of Refugee Week celebrations.
The Refugee Welcome Zone initiative focuses on welcoming refugees into our communities.
Welcoming Cities: Supporting Local Councils and communities towards greater social cohesion and economic success.
Welcoming Cities in an initiative that supports local councils, and their communities, to become more welcoming and inclusive. We are creating a national network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic and civic life.
Welcoming Cities initiative has a broader community focus than refugees.
Download a summary Welcoming Cities Outline May 2018
The Refugee Council of Australia has three teleconference working groups on key campaign issues: Permanent Protection, Ending Offshore Processing, Increasing the Refugee Quota/Special Humanitarian Quotas. You can join any of these if interested by contacting .
Other News that RAR feels is important
All Refugee Legal Services in Australia are facing the difficulty trying to assist people urgently given the Government’s recent crack down on people seeking asylum.
The Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on people seeking asylum who after waiting over 4 years to apply for asylum, suddenly had to lodge their refugee application.
If people did’t lodge their application within the government’s time-frame, the government threatened to take away their right to apply for asylum in Australia.
Refugee legal services across Australia are urgently appealing to you to help fund lawyers in order to keep the people safe.
To act now, go to one of these refugee legal services in Australia and donate:
- Melb – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – asrc.org.au/emergency
- Melb – Refugee Legal – https://refugeelegal.org.au/
- Syd – Refugee Advice and Casework Service – http://www.racs.org.au/
- Adel – Refugee Advocacy Service SA – https://rassa.org.au/
- WA – The Humanitarian Group – http://thehumanitariangroup.org.au/
- Bris – Refugee and Legal Services – http://www.rails.org.au/
- Tas – Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service – http://rlstas.com/
It was a really productive visit with the members listening to the points made on behalf of members for Rural Australians for Refugees.
We will be visiting and meeting with politicians in the Liberal and National parties in addition to the Independents later this year.