About the Australian Humanitarian Program

Australia is committed to contributing to the international protection of Refugees. Through Australia’s Humanitarian Program, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship is able to respond to global humanitarian crises and provide settlement assistance to refugees and humanitarian entrants.

In order to achieve refugee status, an applicant must demonstrate that “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.'

The two core components of the humanitarian program are onshore protection of those in Australia who meet the UNHCR definition of a refugee, and the offshore resettlement of those outside of Australia who require humanitarian assistance.

DIAC grants offshore visas based on eligibility criteria and applicants are assessed against five different types of subclasses of refugee and humanitarian visas.

For a fact sheet on Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program, including intake figures for both the refugee and humanitarian categories, please click here.

DIAC also produce a useful booklet - 'Beginning a Life in Australia' , available in various languages, which contains detailed information what to do after arrival, services available and Australian customs and law.