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About the program

​Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program helps people in humanitarian need who are:

  • outside Australia (offshore), and need to resettle to Australia when they do not have any other durable solution available
  • already in Australia (onshore), and who want to seek protection after arriving in Australia

History

Australia has a long history of providing resettlement for refugees and others who are displaced as a result of conflict, persecution and human rights abuses.

Since the end of World War II, Australia has resettled more than 880,000 refugees and others in need.

The Refugee and Humanitarian Program is a key plank of Australia’s comprehensive response to refugee displacement along with humanitarian assistance we provide to countries that host refugees.

Australia works closely with international partners to provide resettlement pathways for refugees and others in humanitarian need through the program.

Over the years, the Refugee and Humanitarian Program intake has been drawn from a range of nationalities and ethnic groups, reflecting global displacement arising from conflict and persecution.

The program is flexible and responds to resettlement need.

Australia has allocated 18,750 places in 2018-19 to the Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

We also fulfill our international obligations by offering protection to non-citizens who are already in Australia.