Australia's Humanitarian Program 2023 - 24
The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Department of Home Affairs (Department) in response to its ‘Discussion Paper – Australia’s Humanitarian Program 2023–24’ (Discussion Paper).
The Law Council’s substantive submissions are set out in the Attachment. In this submission, the Law Council:
- reiterates its support for the Australian Government’s aspiration to move towards a Humanitarian Program of 27,000 places per annum, in light of the unprecedented global demand for refugee resettlement places, and suggests this should start with an increase in 2023–24;
- specifically addresses the Afghan and Sudanese cohorts, suggesting the latter bears consideration for a prioritised response, and the processing stateless persons claims;
- addresses the Community Support Program (CSP), Refugee and Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) and settlement services; and
- conveys concerns from practitioners about the uneven and significantly delayed receipt of applications for Humanitarian visas.
The Law Council is grateful to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and the Law Society of New South Wales (LSNSW), as well as the Migration Law Committee of its Federal Dispute Resolution Section for the input they have each made to this submission.