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What's new in Refugee and Humanitarian

Changes to the Special Humanitarian Programme

From 22 March 2014 no concessions apply to applications proposed by persons who were under 18 years of age when they proposed under the Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP).

In addition, processing priorites under the SHP have changed.

For more information see Proposing an Immediate Family Member ('Split Family') or Special Humanitarian Programme information sheet.

Call for submissions from the public on Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2014–15 and Information Paper

Australia operates a dedicated Humanitarian Programme, which offers resettlement for refugees and others in humanitarian need and protection for people already in Australia who are determined to be refugees.

Each year, the government seeks the views of the Australian public so that these can be taken into consideration in planning for and building future years’ Humanitarian Programmes.

An information paper is available on the website. It outlines how the Humanitarian Programme currently operates and provides information on its size and composition over previous years.

More information on where to send a submission and the information paper is available on the website.
See: Australia's Humanitarian Programme 2014–15 and Beyond (169 kB pdf)

Community Proposal Pilot commenced 1 June 2013

The Community Proposal Pilot is a program of up to 500 visa places under Australia’s Humanitarian Program.  It allows approved proposing organisations to propose someone in a humanitarian situation outside of Australia for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa.

These organisations would usually work with supporting community organisations to identify people to propose, support their visa application process, and if successful, help them to settle in Australia.

More information about the program, eligibility, costs, and how to apply is available on the website.
See: Community Proposal Pilot

Visa policy for at-risk employees in Afghanistan

On 13 December 2012, the Government announced that Australia will offer resettlement to employees who have been assessed to be at risk of harm due to their employment with Australia's mission in Afghanistan.

This visa policy is for locally engaged Afghan employees at the greatest risk of harm as a consequence of the support they have provided to Australia's mission in Afghanistan.

To be eligible to apply for a visa under this policy you must:

  • have been employed with the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AusAID or the Australian Federal Police
  • have been certified by your employing agency as being at significant risk of harm as a result of your employment
  • meet the criteria for a Refugee and Humanitarian visa, including health character and security requirements.

Information about how you can be certified is available from your employer.
See:
Media release: Visa policy for at-risk Afghan employees – 13 December 2012
Locally Engaged Employees in Afghanistan – Frequently Asked Questions

Health waiver provisions for offshore humanitarian applicants have been streamlined

A health waiver is available for certain humanitarian, partner and family visas where the department is satisfied that the granting of the visa would be unlikely to result in undue costs and prejudice to access.
See: Health Waivers – 1 July 2012

Last reviewed Wednesday 27 August 2014