In 1983, a group of community workers and lawyers came together to develop an informed perspective on immigration matters. Three years later, this group decided on its name – the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre – and IARC was formed.
From its inception, IARC’s vision has been for vulnerable people to receive fair and just immigration outcomes. While the number and make up of IARC’s staff and management committees have varied over the years, our focus on providing free, expert and compassionate advice to vulnerable migrants has never wavered.
Today, IARC provides free information, legal advice and representation to people in New South Wales in relation to family and humanitarian migration, citizenship and visa cancellations, with a particular focus on assisting people on temporary visas who have experienced family violence.
Our clients are financially disadvantaged, come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and frequently have low level English language skills. Many experience multiple layers of disadvantage including homelessness, low education levels and disability. They have often experienced torture and trauma.
IARC also works to promote a fairer immigration system through community education, law reform and contribution to policy.
IARC is a member of Community Legal Centres NSW and accredited under the National Accreditation Scheme, an industry-based certification process managed by Community Legal Centres Australia. This accreditation recognises best practice in the delivery of community legal services.
IARC is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Non-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) and is able to receive tax deductible donations.
All immigration advice given on behalf of IARC is given by practicing solicitors who are Registered Migration Agents. A copy of the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents can be found at the MARA website.
IARC receives funding from the NSW Government through the Community Legal Centres Program administered by Legal Aid NSW.