Asylum Seekers

Who is an asylum seeker?

An asylum-seeker is someone whose request for sanctuary has yet to be processed. Every year, around one million people seek asylum. For more information about asylum seekers globally  see UNHCR

Refugee and Asylum seeker facts – The Australian Red Cross


What kind of identification do asylum seekers have?

Asylum seeker Identification (2018)


Who supports asylum seekers living in the community in Queensland?

Status Resolution Support Services are delivered by:

Asylum Circle is a collaborative project in Queensland that contributes to the support of people seeking asylum. They coordinate the Emergency Relief Program. Download the Referral form and Information sheet here

Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC) provides specialised primary health care to people from refugee backgrounds with complex health needs and a health service to asylum seekers without Medicare. Ph: (07) 3163 2880

World Wellness Health & Medical Clinic – Primary health services for people seeking asylum with or without Medicare eligibility. Ph: (07) 33332100

QPASTT provide counselling to asylum seekers who have been released from Australian Immigration Detention centres and who are currently living in the community, while their claims for protection are assessed.


How can Medicare ineligible asylum seekers access public healthcare in Queensland?

The Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Honourable Cameron Dick announced in July 2017 that the Queensland Government has approved providing vulnerable Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers with access to public health services at no charge.


What are the health and screening needs of asylum seekers in Australia?

See the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Service for a detailed description.

NEWS: Asylum Seekers (2018)

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