About Us


The Association is an independent, local community group of people in the Southern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.


We aim to raise awareness in our local area of the issues faced by asylum-seekers in Australia and its overseas detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island.


  • Organise local events, e.g. speakers, films, cultural displays etc to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.
  • Hold monthly meetings.
  • Write letters to politicians
  • Take part in programs that offer practical help for asylum-seekers who live in the community, e.g. with learning English, accessing community support, e.g. medical, legal and other services, and liaison with Government departments.
  • Raise money to provide material support for refugees


BRASA’S  commitment to supporting other groups with similar aims:

Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Assoc. is proud of its commitment to contributing funds to various refugee support groups such as: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC.), The Human Rights Law Centre, Refugee LegalThe Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and Friends of Refugees (Springvale). During the pandemic, we have a system of leaving donations  of food, groceries, household cleaning necessities and toiletries  at a collection point where they are picked up each week by a worker from the Friends of Refugees and delivered to their distribution centre in Springvale.