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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.

Lavarch Review and Single Protection Processing

In late 2011, the Government announced a revised policy framework for the processing of the claims of Illegal 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.

What's New in Refugee and Humanitarian

Information about recent changes to Refugee and Humanitarian visas.

Last reviewed Tuesday 19 November 2013

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