About 30 are still in held detention in Australia (in detention centres); some of these have been in detention for over 4 years.
The rest have been living in the Australian community, where they have been barred from working. They have, however, received accommodation and a reduced Special Benefit (approx. $200 per fortnight) for food, clothing etc. Children under 18 years of age have been able to go to school.
Of those living in the community, there are at least:
- 100 in Victoria;
- 60 in NSW;
- 20 in South Australia;
- 20 in WA;
- 60 in Queensland.
Those affected have been issued with a new visa (final departure bridging visa E) that gives them six months to arrange return to the countries from which they fled, or one of the offshore centres on Nauru or Manus. Although visa holders will not have any income support, they will have work rights while they remain in Australia. They will also have some medical support and access to a case officer. Although children under 18 years of age can attend school, people over 18 years of age will not be permitted to study.