Australia’s Humanitarian Program plays an important role in the resettlement of refugees. The Society strongly supports the recent increase in the number of humanitarian entrant visas from 13,750 to 20,000 per annum.

We note that the Houston Panel recommended consideration of a further increase to 27,000 visas within five years.

The Society also supports the ongoing provision of government-funded settlement services under the Humanitarian Settlement Strategy and Settlement Grants Program. The Society services that receive funding under these schemes report many significant and positive outcomes for new arrivals. The Society strongly supports all increases to the number of visas granted, and we look forward to discussing the addition of 7,000 more places in the near future.