Strategic Migration is passionate about Australian Immigration and the significant role it plays in nation building. We are proud that Australians believe in a fair go for all and we express our social responsibility by supporting the following community organisations.
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is Australia’s oldest HIV charitable organisation and the only one of its kind. Founded in 1984, it provides direct financial and practical assistance, financial counselling, housing and employment support to people directly disadvantaged by HIV in New South Wales.
They help with practical, emotional and much needed financial support so those living with HIV can maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. It’s the kind of ongoing, unconditional support that usually only friends or family would provide.
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation works proactively to establish links with other HIV support organisations, such as ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales), Positive Life NSW and the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA). We also work with government agencies including South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS) and the AIDS Dementia & HIV Psychiatry Service (ADAHPS) team.
The LAWASIA Human Rights Committee
Since its inception in 1966, LAWASIA has developed a record of human rights activities in the region, underpinned by the aims and objectives of its constitution. The organisation works to sensitise lawyers towards the human rights implications of the cases they argue in court, with the intent of encouraging members of the judiciary to give full consideration of international conventions in making their judgments. To achieve this, it considers continuing legal education of the highest importance, and that is reflected in LAWASIA's conference programs.
Many lawyers join the organisation, viewing their membership as a contribution towards the human rights activities of the legal profession.
The LAWASIA Human Rights Committee and Secretariat have overseen a good deal of research into and development of human rights mechanisms, the most notable being the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, which has gone on to develop its own life.
Currently, LAWASIA is considering the rejuvenation of the draft Pacific Human Rights Charter, an initiative that will seek the agreement of governments of all Pacific countries to adhere to a set of basic human rights principles.
A number of reports and publications, devoted solely to human rights issues, have been published by the LAWASIA Human Rights Committee over a long period of time. Some of these are considered definitive documents and remain a reference for human rights groups. Although a current lack of funding has not allowed this work to continue in any significant way, LAWASIA remains committed to maintaining a human rights profile in the region through other focuses.
The LAWASIA Human Rights committee has convened a number of workshops and seminars, most recently in Manila in 2001, where it undertook a regional look at legal aid issues. LAWASIA has a continued presence at the UNHCR via its UN representative, Professor Maxime Tardu. Professor Tardu's reports from the UN are regularly published in the LAWASIA Update newsletter.
Law Council of Australia Human Rights Fund
The Law Council advises governments, courts and federal agencies on ways in which the law and the justice system can be improved for the benefit of the community.
The Law Council also represents the Australian legal profession overseas, and maintains close relationships with legal professional bodies throughout the world.
Through its specialist sections, working groups, standing and ad-hoc committees, the Law Council provides interest groups and professional development opportunities for lawyers across a variety of specialised areas of law.
The Law Council, with the help of its constituent bodies and Sections, also presents major events such as the biennial Australian Legal Convention, and organises seminars, workshops and conferences on a wide range of legal issues.
Internationally, the Law Council promotes and draws attention to human rights issues, particularly those involving Australian citizens.
The Law Council's International Law Section has established a Human Rights Observer Panel to observe and report on cases where human rights may be at risk. The Law Council's International Law Section also has a specialist Human Rights Focus Group.
Domestically, the Law Council participates in the legislative process by contributing to the development of new legislation. The Law Council frequently consults governments on reform proposals and makes submissions to parliament on the contents of draft laws.
The protection and promotion of human rights within Australia and the maintenance of the rule of law both at home and abroad is a major strategic priority for the Law Council. The Law Council is frequently engaged in advocacy and the promotion of public debate on legislation, individual cases, and international incidents giving rise to human rights concerns.
The Law Council Human Rights Fund has been established to provide funding for:
- Australian lawyers to attend trials in the Asia/Pacific region as trial observers, whether on behalf of the Law Council alone or in conjunction with other recognised human rights organisations, where those trials involve issues of human rights;
- review of, and studies into, international human rights issues and abuses and provide reports to the Law Council either alone or in conjunction with other recognised human rights organisations;
- training, conferences and seminars on human rights issues in the Asia/Pacific region; and
- scholarships and study grants into human rights issues.