Submission to DIAC: Australia’s Humanitarian Program 201213 and Beyond (Jan 2012)

The Society witnesses the benefits of Australia’s Humanitarian Program to those needing long‐term protection and to the broader Australian community which is enriched by the contributions, knowledge and culture of new community members. Australia has an opportunity to lead the Asia‐ Pacific region in the protection of asylum seekers and refugees and to ensure those most vulnerable to exploitation and persecution are treated humanely.

The St Vincent de Paul Society is also a member of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). Each year RCOA undertakes extensive consultations with refugee and migrant organisations and communities. We endorse RCOA’s submission and their recommendations.