Voluntary Returns


If you are thinking about returning home you might be able to access assistance to depart Australia. You can talk to an immigration officer or the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to discuss your options. It is important to remember the decision to return is yours.

International Organization for Migration

IOM provides returns assistance for people choosing to return home voluntarily. This assistance is available through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programme.

IOM will be able to discuss your options and help you understand what type of assistance you may be able to receive.

Visit IOM's thinking of home website for more information.

Assisted Voluntary Return

When you talk to IOM, they can provide you with returns information and returns counselling. If you are able to access IOM's assistance, they can also help you organise travel documents and make transport arrangements, including organising your plane ticket.

Your discussion with IOM is confidential and can help you make informed choices about your return.

Reintegration Assistance

If you are an asylum seeker who arrived in Australia by boat, without a valid visa, and choose to return home voluntarily, you may be able to access Reintegration Assistance.

The Return home voluntarily video explains this process.

Stories of returning home

Mr. C* returned to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the help of IOM Reintegration Assistance which he used to open his own shop. Three months on, things are going well and his business has grown.

*names have been changed

Read more stories of return at IOM's thinking of home website.

Paheeswaran's story

After being told he could work in Australia and bring his family, Paheeswaran found out after arriving by boat in Australia, that this was not true and regional processing arrangements were in place. After speaking to his wife, he decided to return home with assistance from the International Organization for Migration. He is now happy to be back living in Sri Lanka.

Photo of Paheeswaran - Click the photo to go video page
See video of Paheeswaran's story (Tamil).

Watch stories from people who have returned home to Sri Lanka.

Picture of Dasikaran - Click the picture to go the video page
Watch Dasikaran's story (Tamil) video
Picture of Fabian - Click the picture to go the video page
Watch Fabian's story (Sinhalese) video
Picture of Sandun - Click the picture to go the video page
Watch Sandun's story (Sinhalese) video