Briefing paper

2020-21 Federal Budget: what it means for refugees and people seeking humanitarian protection

Refugees Asylum seekers Budget Federal government Government expenditure Humanitarian assistance Australia

A coalition of refugee organisations has condemned the Australian government’s decision to slash support to people seeking asylum in the 2020-21 Budget. This decision, they say, puts over 100 000 people, including around 16 000 children, at further risk of homelessness and destitution.

Key points:

  • The federal government will cut the Refugee and Humanitarian Program back to 13,750 places per year, saving $911.3 million over the next four years.
  • The Department of Home Affairs has allocated $1.19 billion to spending on Australia’s offshore processing regime in 2020-21, following a $436 million (83%) blowout in expenditure in 2019-20.
  • Spending on financial support to people seeking asylum has been reduced to just $19.6 million in 2020-21, a reduction of $120.2 million in the yearly spend in just three years.
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