USE OF TEMPORARY HUMANITARIAN CONCERN VISAS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO TEMPORARY PROTECTION VISAS
The Australian Government has begun to grant Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas (subclass 786) to refugees who entered Australia by boat to seek asylum. This new policy follows the Senate’s decision in December to disallow the regulation which reintroduced Temporary Protection Visa (subclass 785).
The attached document from the Refugee Council of Australia gives background on this policy and outlines what is currently known about the provisions which will apply to refugees given Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas.
In October, we at the Refugee Council of Australia outlined our concerns about the impacts of temporary protection on refugees. We see these new arrangements as having the same impacts on people found by the Australian Government to be in need of protection from persecution.