Whats new in refugee and humanitarian

Email lodgement of Special Humanitarian Programme applications now available

Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP) applications can now be lodged by email.  You and your proposers need to complete the application forms on your computer and send them with the relevant documentation directly to us.
See: Lodging certain humanitarian applications in Australia.

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.