• Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service - STTARS
    Providing services to torture and trauma survivors
    in Southern Australia since 1991.
  • Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service - STTARS
    STTARS assists people from a
    refugee and migrant background.
  • Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service - STTARS
    Provides individual and group counselling,
    information, supports and advocacy.
  • Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service - STTARS
    STTARS is a non-government,
    not for profit organisation with
    no political or religious affiliations.

Welcome to sttars.org.au

STTARS is the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service

STTARS is a non-government, not for profit organisation with no political or religious affiliations.

STTARS has been providing services to torture and trauma survivors in SA since 1991.

STTARS assists people from a refugee and migrant background who have experienced torture or been traumatised as a result of persecution,
violence, war or unlawful imprisonment prior to their arrival in Australia.

STTARS' Asylum Seeker Position Statement

We believe that Australia's treatment of asylum seekers should be consistent with the human rights obligations under the UN Refugee Convention and other treaties, and reflect the fundamental humanitarian values that are broadly shared in our society. These obligations include:

  • Fair and timely processing of claims for protection;
  • No arbitrary detention while claims are assessed or subsequently;
  • Not expelling or returning a refugee to a country where they are likely to face persecution or worse;
  • Ensuring provision of adequate food, shelter, physical and mental health care and meeting the particular needs of children and other vulnerable individuals such as survivors of torture;
  • Wherever possible, keeping families together.
We believe that Australia has an obligation to ensure these conditions are met with respect to people within its jurisdiction, as well as ensure that these conditions are reasonably met in countries to which Australia transfers asylum seekers. While acknowledging the difficulties and complexities of the issues in responding to the needs of those fleeing violence and persecution, we urge the Australian Government to seek and implement constructive and humane solutions, both within Australia and in partnership with other countries in our region.

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