In May 2021, the network of 8 services which provide specialist services to refugee survivors of torture and trauma (FASSTT) became a formal Company Limited by Guarantee.
The purpose of doing this was to formalise our national collaborative practice and strengthen our capacity to maintain quality standards in governance and service delivery.
The new structure formalised the existing collaborative practice of the network and will build its capacity to undertake research and innovation, policy and program development, will build capacity in the mainstream of services and will provide a coherent voice for international cooperative alignments.
The new structure also enables the introduction of more formal requirements to engage in continuous improvement and allows for FASSTT to act as a single legal entity.
The establishment of FASSTT Ltd will not alter in any way the strengths of the FASSTT network. It will remain a collaborative and cooperative organisation governed by mutual respect, the sharing of expertise and collective input to the development of a national perspective.
The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) is a network of Australia’s eight specialist rehabilitation agencies that work with survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia from overseas. Most clients of FASSTT agencies have come to Australia as refugees or humanitarian entrants. FASSTT agencies also work with survivors of torture and trauma who have come to Australia as asylum seekers. There is one FASSTT member agency in each state and territory of Australia.