Our Work

Legal Advice

IARC provides legal advice in relation to:

  • Migration and family violence
  • Partner visas
  • Protection visas and humanitarian visas
  • Other family visas like parent, child and carer visas
  • Visitor visas
  • Visa cancellations
  • Citizenship

We do not advise on:

  • Student visas
  • Withdrawal of sponsorship
  • Retirement visas
  • Skilled and investment visas
  • Migration to countries other than Australia
  • Judicial review


IARC represents clients at the Department of Home Affairs stage as well at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in both the Migration and Refugee Division and in the General Division in relation to character matters and citizenship.

Due to limited resources, representation is subject to capacity as well an assessment of the merits of the case and the capability of the client to self-represent.

Where we are unable to act in a representative capacity, we may be able to provide assistance through legal advice and help with the preparation of documents.

Legal Education

IARC provides community legal education on migration and citizenship law for community organisations, legal and other professionals who work with migrants and members of the public.

We have also developed a range free resources to help the community better understand Australian immigration law.

Policy and Law Reform

IARC is actively involved in policy development and law reform with a view to ensuring access and equity within Australia’s immigration processes and promoting a just and equitable migration system.

Our practical on the ground experience provides government and law reformers with invaluable insights into the effects, and sometimes unintended consequences, of changes to laws and legal processes.

IARC supports a visa system that recognises equally the value and contribution of all migrants to Australia, be they skilled, family or humanitarian entrants.

Read some of our recent policy submissions here.