Asylum Seekers

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An asylum-seeker is someone whose request for sanctuary has yet to be processed. Every year, around one million people seek asylum.

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Service provide a description of the health and screening needs of asylum seekers in Australia.

Free access to healthcare for Medicare ineligible asylum seekers

In 2017 that the Queensland Government approved providing vulnerable Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers with access to public health services at no charge.

Referrals
Visa support

From 14 February 2023, a small number of people will be asked to apply for a permanent visa. Most people will not be able to apply for a permanent visa until late March 2023. More information from Refugee Council of Australia.

The Refugee and immigration Legal Service (RAILS) have now updated their website to include key messages for boat arriving asylum seekers and refugees, community leaders, stakeholder and volunteers. Please see the key messages for boat arriving refugees and asylum seekers here.

Refer to RAILS in the following circumstances:

  • Their current SHEV expires in the next three months
  • They have a physical illness, disability or condition that interferes with their ability to work or to go about their daily life
  • They have a mental illness, disability or condition that interferes with their ability to function
  • They are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • They are experiencing family violence or have recently left a violent relationship
  • They are aged under 18 or over 60 and are not part of a family group here in Australia
  • They (or someone in their family here in Queensland) are expecting a new baby, or
  • They have a child overseas who is aged between 17 and 23.

You can do this by completing their referral form here: ‘TPV/SHEV Conversion referral form’. Alternatively, clients in these circumstances can contact RAILS directly. Email: pr@rails.org.au (preferred) Phone: 07 3846 9333.

The Refugee and immigration Legal Service (RAILS) have now updated their website to include key messages for boat arriving asylum seekers and refugees, community leaders, stakeholder and volunteers. Please see the key messages for boat arriving refugees and asylum seekers here.