The following are useful sources of information for applicants and people with an interest in refugee and humanitarian issues.
The following fact sheets contain details of specific aspects of Australia's Humanitarian Programme:
The following publications relate to the Humanitarian Program:
Information about Australia and refugees is also available on the Parliamentary Library's website.
Australia and Refugees, 1901–2002: An Annotated Chronology Based on Official Sources
Australian Cultural Orientation (AUSCO) Resources
The Australian Cultural Orientation (AUSCO) program is provided to refugee and humanitarian visa holders who are preparing to settle in Australia. AUSCO resources are available for download from the following web link.
Departmental immigration offices
To find immigration offices in Australia and around the world see
For Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centres in Australia, see
Offices in Australia.
Other useful links
For information on what happens after an application is lodged.
After an Application is Lodged
For useful information for people travelling to Australia under the Humanitarian Program.
Information on Travelling to Australia
Explanation of services available to help persons or organisations proposing humanitarian applicants under the Special Humanitarian Program
Help for Proposers
Migration Agents can help with immigration advice or assistance. Agents operating in Australia are required by law to register with the
Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA). The Office of the MARA website includes useful information such as a list of registered migration agents, tips on choosing an agent and information on average fees for these services.
The Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council’s strategy for addressing some of the challenges and stresses that refugee young people may experience during resettlement in Australia
Strategy for Refugee Young People (199 kB pdf)
Information for humanitarian visa holders to determine what government settlement services are available according to the type of visa held.
What Type of Visa do I Have?
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the agency mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.