Legal assistance for asylum seekers

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This factsheet describes the legal assistance available to people seeking asylum in Australia. It explains the forms of legal assistance available, the implications of limited legal assistance entitlements, and how Australia compares with other countries in providing access to legal assistance. The factsheet also includes a list of materials for further reading. For information regarding refugee status determination in Australia, see the relevant factsheet.

The legal assistance available to people seeking asylum in Australia is comprised of Federal Government funded legal aid, State Government funded legal aid, and legal assistance and representation provided by non-government organisations or community legal centres. The services which are available depend on the individual’s level of vulnerability, time of arrival, geographical location, and stage of the protection application process. If these forms of assistance are unavailable to people seeking asylum, they will have to seek legal assistance at their own expense, or manoeuvre the legal system unassisted.



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