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.


Our Programs

What are the Benefits?

To make a referral into any of these programs or to attend one of our training sessions, please head to the Referral tab at the top right of the site page, and download a form.

See More


Stories And Events

'Understanding and Responding to Asylum Seeker Distress'- A Symposium

Right now many thousands of asylum seekers, including children and families, are living in the Australian community with an uncertain future. This forum will examine...

See More


Strategic partnerships matter

Strategic partnerships help STTARS fulfill its mission. From funding partners to sister organisations.

See More


Position Statement
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.

Latest News

Position Vacant
ICT Administrator
See here for details

STTARS accepts Amnesty International's invitation to sign OPCAT letter to George Brandis QC

"The aim of OPCAT is to strengthen the protection of persons deprived of their liberty through non-judicial means of a preventative nature."


SBS Radio Podcast on STTARS' June 26 Event

STTARS was featured in an SBS World Radio report covering the renewed international interest in the prevention of torture. It includes interviews with Linda Matthews, interim CEO of STTARS and Naomi Vaughan, Community Organiser, Amnesty International.

SBS Radio Podcast

STTARS featured in The UN Global Report 2013

UN Global Report 2013

Letter from FASSTT to the Prime Minister December 2013

FASSTT Letter to PM


2013 STTARS   |   Copyright   |   Privacy Policy   |   Disclaimer   |   Security   |   Feedback