Who are Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)?
ASRC are an independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum. They deliver programs that “support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social well being.” They also advocate for asylum seekers by “mobilis[ing] and unit[ing] communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia”.
ASRC deliver services from two sites in Melbourne: Footscray and Dandenong.
Why do they exist?
ASRC have a vision that “all those seeking asylum in Australia have their human rights upheld and that those seeking asylum in our community receive the support and opportunities they need to live independently”. 
What do they do?
The ASRC offer “more than 40 holistic programs that protect people seeking asylum from persecution and destitution, support well-being and dignity, and empower people to advance their own future”.
They group their work into the following categories:
Frontline Services - food and material aid, support services and healthcare
Empowerment - education and training, employment pathways, empowerment pathways, LEEP internship program
Advocacy - legal aid, detention advocacy, advocating from lived experience
Enterprising - entrepreneurs program.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to ASRC?
We believe that it is likely your donation to ASRC will be used as stated, that is, to pursue a vision where “all those seeking asylum in Australia have their human rights upheld and that those seeking asylum in our community receive the support and opportunities they need to live independently”.
We believe that ASRC is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who the charity is run by and how donations are used. They present an audited financial report that shows where donations go. The role of the board is outlined. They describe who runs the charity and how it is organised. They take basic steps to prevent the misuse of funds.
We also believe that ASRC is effective. They consistently show that they are working to deliver on their mission. They present their strategic goals. They describe in detail the activities and results that they have delivered. Finally, they demonstrate they are focused on evaluating and improving the quality of their services.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend ASRC:
disclose related party transactions, including board remuneration and key management personnel compensation
present a record of the number of board meetings and attendance at board meetings.
Want to know more?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of ASRC and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
Download our complete evaluation of ASRC below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether ASRC is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.