Australian Embassy
Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Refugee and Humanitarian program

Australia’s offshore refugee and humanitarian program

On 9 September 2015, the Australian Government announced that it will accept an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The places will be primarily for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

The Refugee and Humanitarian Visa program is for people who are subject to persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country. This is a non-discriminatory program which provides support to those most in need, this includes women, children and families of persecuted minorities.

The Australian Government is committed to working closely with the UNHCR to deliver the 12,000 additional refugee places. If the UNHCR assesses that you are a refugee in need of resettlement, they may refer your case to the Australian Embassy.

If you have a family member who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, they may sponsor you through the Special Humanitarian Program (SHP). The SHP Visa is for people who are not refugees as defined in the Refugees Convention. It is for people who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights and have close links to Australia. Applications for the SHP should be lodged in Australia.

Further information about Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement program can be found at the following link:

Please note that the Australian Embassy does not admit people making enquiries about Refugee and Humanitarian visa applications.