Refugee and Humanitarian
Australia's Humanitarian Program is an important part of our contribution to the international protection of refugees.
It is designed to ensure that Australia can respond effectively to global humanitarian situations and that support services are available to meet the specific needs of these entrants.
For people outside Australia in need of humanitarian assistance.
For people already in Australia who are found to be refugees.
The ImmiCard is available to eligible clients who have been granted a Protection Visa or a Bridging Visa E. The card replaced the Visa Evidence Card (VEC), also known as a PL056.
Abolition of temporary Protection visa (TPV) and temporary Humanitarian visa (THV) Holders, and information on the Resolution of Status (RoS) visa for Temporary Protection and Temporary Humanitarian visa holders in Australia.
The department supports Refugee Week 2013, which will be held from 16–22 June.
General information for people who arrived in Australia by boat without a visa.
In late 2011, the Government announced a revised policy framework for the processing of the claims of Irregular Maritime Arrivals (IMAs). The key element of the revised policy is that negative decisions of claims for protection from IMAs will no longer be reviewed by the Independent Protection Assessment Office (IPAO), but will be reviewed by the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT). This will result in consequent finalisation of the IPAO caseload and relative growth in the RRT of merits review of decisions involving IMAs. The new jurisdiction of the RRT came into effect at 24 March 2012.
Information about recent changes to Refugee and Humanitarian visas.