The Federal Budget: What it means for refugees and people seeking humanitarian protection

Refugee Council of Australia – Media Release 30th March 2022

Key Points:

  • An additional 16,500 humanitarian places for Afghan nationals over four years, increasing the size of the Refugee and Humanitarian Program to 17,875 places each year until 2025-26.
  • Spending on offshore processing policy has blown out substantially for the seventh time in eight years, with a $146 million over-spend on the funds allocated in last year’s Budget.
  • A significant reduction in funds allocated for settlement services, the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman and Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Response to Ukraine including $65