Humanitarian Programme-Meeting with UNHCR Division of
International Protection –Friday 20 October 2017.
2017-2018 Humanitarian Programme.
• The 2017-18 Humanitarian Programme has 16,250 places with a notional allocation of
15,550 places for offshore and 750 places for onshore.
• 8140 places are notionally allocated for the Refugee category and 7360 places for the
Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP), which includes 1000 places for the new
Community Support Programme.
• A minimum of 1550 places are for vulnerable women, dependants and children.
• Around 53 per cent of the offshore programme is for resettlement from the Middle East,
27 per cent from Asia, 18 per cent from Africa with a contingency reserve of around 2 per
• The key nationality groups that will be resettled in 2017-18 include Syrians, Iraqis,
Afghans, Congolese from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmarese in Thailand
and Malaysia, Bhutanese, Ethiopians, and Eritreans.
• UNHCR has been provided with a table detailing the number of referrals and the priority
caseloads/nationality groups required in the 17-18 programme year.
o UNHCR has provided initial feedback and proposed referrals for the Asia and
o We will provide comments on their proposed referral numbers.
Priority Regions and Caseloads
• Around 53 per cent of the offshore programme will be for people from the Middle East
o 3920 Refugee
o 4300 SHP
• Priority groups include: Syrians, Iraqis and Iranian Baha’i’s (from Turkey).
• In September 2015, Australia committed to resettling an additional 12,000 places for
people displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with a focus on vulnerable people and
o All 12,000 additional humanitarian visas have now been granted and the majority
of these people have arrived in Australia.
• There has been considerable interest from community, non-government organisations,
and faith based groups.
• APO applicants are expected to be advised of the outcome of the selection process in the
• APO details will be published on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s
website in December 2017, so that prospective Australian supporters and visa applicants
can contact APOs about applying for a visa.
• Attachment A – 17-18 Offshore Humanitarian Programme allocations by
• Attachment B – UNHCR referral requirements for 17-18 Offshore Humanitarian