There are thousands of people seeking asylum living in the Australian community. Some of these people have come to Australia by plane, and sought asylum afterwards. Some of them have come to Australia by boat. The way they came affects whether they are detained, the conditions of their visas, and how their claim for protection is determined.
Statistics on people seeking asylum
It also affects the way statistics are reported. There are relatively few current statistics on people who came by plane. There are more detailed statistics on people who came by boat, but its publication has varied over time.
The Department has published some data on those who have come by plane since 2014-2015, although this has been irregular. We have supplemented this with data provided through Senate estimates.
Most of the statistics on this page come from the Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection), which publishes details for people who came by boat living in the community on a ‘Bridging Visa E’, which is the type of visa they are living on in the community. This has been published somewhat irregularly over the past few years, and provides statistics on where people are living in their community, including their gender, age, and nationality. This page includes the statistics as at 31 March 2019, which is the latest so far available.