Australia’s Humanitarian Programme
Australia’s Humanitarian Programme provides resettlement for people who have suffered persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of their human rights. Since the end of World War II Australia has resettled more than 865,000 refugees and people in humanitarian need.
Australia consistently ranks as one of the top three refugee resettlement countries each year, along with the United States and Canada.
Australia’s longstanding partnerships with the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), other resettlement countries, and the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) enable us to resettle many thousands of refugees and humanitarian entrants in Australia every year.
Resettlement under the Humanitarian Programme
The Humanitarian Programme will increase to 16,250 places in 2017-18, up from 13,750 places in 2016-17 and will include up to 1000 places for a
Community Support Programme. The Humanitarian Programme is set to further increase to 18,750 places in 2018-19 and maintained at this level thereafter.
Australia's response to the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis
In September 2015, the Australian Government announced an extra 12,000 places available in response to the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with a focus on vulnerable women and children and persecuted minorities. All 12,000 additional places have been granted.
Since 1 July 2015, under both the annual Humanitarian Programme and the additional 12,000 places, a total of over 22,000 visas have been granted to people displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The new arrivals have received a warm welcome from their local communities and are receiving settlement services helping them to learn English and get the support they need to actively participate in Australian society.
You can find out how the Australian Government supports refugees by visiting the
Department of Social Services website.
Additional information about
Australia's role in the response to the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis is available.
Celebrate Refugee week at your workplace or communication organisation. Download our posters to get things started.
Refugee week 2017 booklet (4MB PDF) which includes case studies and interesting facts about our Humanitarian Programme.