About

The Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service (TRLS) is a not for profit refugee legal service whose primary purpose is to relieve the necessitous circumstances of refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers who reside in Tasmania through the provision of free and confidential legal services. The TRLS is a member of Community Legal Centres Tasmania, the National Association of Community Legal Centres and is a registered charity.

Our Mission

The Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service aims to provide free legal services to disadvantaged asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Tasmania, through harnessing the volunteer support of lawyers, law students, migration agents and other interested volunteers.

Our Purpose

The Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service is a not for profit community legal service whose primary purpose is to relieve the necessitous circumstances of people in Tasmania who are seeking refugee protection to remain in Australia by:

  • Operating a free-of-charge advisory service for refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers in Tasmania
  • Where possible, operating a case work service for refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers in Tasmania
  • Carrying out research into relevant legal and procedural issues relating to refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers
  • Providing education to legal and welfare workers, law students and the public on current immigration and citizenship and refugee law, policy and procedures
  • Promoting and protecting human rights, and
  • Raising funds through public donations and other means to further the objects and purposes of this association and to co-operate with other entities having similar objectives.

History

A steering committee of interested persons was formed in June 2013 with the intention of establishing the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service (TRLS).  On 13 November 2013 the Refugee Legal Service (Tas) Inc. was incorporated.  The TRLS’s board comprises lawyers, migration agents, law students and other professionals with professional or voluntary experience, all with a philanthropic interest of working and supporting asylum seekers, refugees or humanitarian entrants.  The eight member board is currently responsible for the management of the service.  With ongoing growth, it is intended that management responsibilities will be discharged to service management, with the board assuming typical governance duties.

The TRLS Board

Chairman: Henry Pill
President: Tom Carr
Directors: Di Gregory, Tom Carr, Claire White, Mimi Chan, Samuel Karpinskyj and Henry Pill.

Acknowledging our past President

The Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service (TRLS) board advises that it’s past President, Adam Gregory has resigned and would like to sincerely thank Adam for his passion, commitment and leadership. For almost two years Adam was the driving force behind the TRLS and although we are sad to see him leaving the state, we congratulate him on his new position in Melbourne.

The TRLS would not be in the position it is today without Adam’s energy and determination. From the very start, Adam had an idea of what he wanted to achieve and worked relentlessly to bring people together. He was dedicated, motivated, and focused. His guidance and input was invaluable throughout the founding of the TRLS.

Adam, thank you for your initiative, motivation and continued efforts to make this dream a reality. We are indebted to your work and can only hope to continue with the same dedication to make a difference to asylum seekers and refugees within our community.