Refugee Policies

With a federal election coming up, here is a summary guide of the different policy positions taken by different political parties. We have given priority to their views regarding the need for permanency and family reunion, as well some further insight to their broader policies on refugees and people seeking asylum.

Please remember, we are not advising anybody how to vote, but simply making sure people have an informed vote. While this is not a comprehensive outline, we hope it is helpful and encourage you to research the parties’ websites for more detail.

A snapshot of the refugee policy commitments across the parties as of March 2022

Labor have called for the abolishment of Temporary Protection Visas and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas in favour of permanent visas (which includes family reunion) for people who have arrived by boat. They aspire to increasing the annual humanitarian intake to 27,000 places and 5000 places through a community sponsored refugee program. Labor will introduce a 90 day rule in which to resolve refugee status determinations.
Labor will retain offshore processing and is willing to retain boat turn-backs. Labor support greater prioritization of regional resettlement negotiations. Find out more here.

The Liberal Party are committed to offshore processing, Temporary Protection Visas, and boat turn-backs for anyone who has arrived or attempts to arrive by boat.
While in Government, the Liberal-National Coalition Government have reduced Australia’s humanitarian intake to 13,750 per year but in the March 2022 Budget added a temporary 4,125 places for Afghan refugees each year for the next 4 years. Find out more here.

The Greens have called for the abolishment of Temporary Protection Visas in favour of Permanent Protection Visas (which includes family reunion), plus a 7 day limit for onshore detention with fair support for people seeking asylum. They call for an end to offshore detention and an increase in the annual humanitarian intake to 50,000 places. Find out more here.

No specific policy was found relating to refugees, people seeking asylum or humanitarian entrants.

One Nation supports the withdrawal of Australia from the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention and seeks to reduce Australia’s refugee intake for five years to redirect funding to Australian services. Find out more here.

No specific policy was found on how to respond to refugees and people seeking asylum who have arrived by boat and remain in detention, in offshore processing or on temporary visas. However, Australian Christians do support the existing humanitarian annual quota plus provision of Temporary Protection Visas for any others fleeing persecution until they can return. They also advocate for a new visa category for “persecuted Christians and other minorities”, plus the introduction of a Pilot Homestay Transition Program. Find out more here.

NB – We have only shared policy details of those parties that have lower house candidates in a number of WA seats. For policy positions of independent candidates or upper house parties we encourage you to do your own research.

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