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Refugee and Humanitarian

Australia's Humanitarian Programme 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.

Offshore – Resettlement

For people outside Australia in need of humanitarian assistance.

Onshore – Protection

For people already in Australia who are found to be refugees.


The ImmiCard is available to eligible people 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.

Illegal Maritime Arrivals

General information for people who arrived in Australia by boat without a visa.

What's New in Refugee and Humanitarian

Information about recent changes to Refugee and Humanitarian visas.