Humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers: a quick guide to key internet links

18 December 2013 

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Gareth Larsen
Social Policy


This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about:

Note: administrative arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for settlement and multicultural affairs. Therefore, links to the Australian Government websites listed below may change as new arrangements take effect.

Note: A separate immigration quick guide is available for Permanent and temporary migration.

General resources

  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for managing and reporting on entry, stay and departure arrangements for non-citizens, citizenship, ethnic affairs and customs and border control, providing a large array of statistical, research and policy-related information.
  • The Department of Social Services has responsibility for settlement and multicultural affairs, including Humanitarian Settlement Services, Settlement Grants Program, Complex Case Support, Diversity and Social Cohesion Program, Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants, and Building Multicultural Communities Programme.
  • The Department of Industry has responsibility for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics collects national and regional data along with select data from DIBP.
  • The Migration Institute of Australia produces various reports, research and submissions on issues relevant to Registered Migration Agents (RMAs) and other migration professionals.
  • The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) is an advisory board to consider and provide advice in relation to migration agents.
  • The Parliamentary Library offers research briefs and general distribution publications on current legislation and on a wide range of other issues of interest to the Parliament including immigration.
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman offers a single point of contact to get accurate and timely information about Australia’s workplace relations system.   
  • The Joint Standing Committee on Migration reports on a variety of issues relating to migrants and humanitarian entrants and conducts inquiries on migration-related matters.
  • The Refugee Council of Australia is the national umbrella body for refugees.
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission provides resources on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The Migration Act 1958 underpins migration policy in Australia.

Broad Overview of Immigration

Asylum Seekers and Humanitarian Entrants  

Human Trafficking

International Links



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