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Fast tracking statistics

In December 2014, the Australian Government changed the way it determined the refugee claims of people who came by boat. The Australian Government calls this new process ‘fast tracking‘. This affects people who came by boat on or after 13 August 2012. This page tracks this process in the fast tracking statistics published by the Australian Government.

This information is produced from the fast tracking statistics provided by the Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) and by the Immigration Assessment Authority. As this data is separately produced, the latest data is often reported at different dates. The current statistics from the Department of Home Affairs is for 4 January 2021. The latest data from the Immigration Assessment Authority is for 31 December 2020. Other data has been included from answers to question on notice at Senate estimates. You can download the data and graphs, including source information, on the fast-tracking process here.

How Australia determines if a person is a refugee

There are also people who came before 13 August 2012, but did not have their protection visa application finalised by 18 September 2013. These people are assessed under the old process. The two groups are referred to by the Department as the ‘Legacy Caseload’.

‘Fast tracking’ replaced the previous independent merits review system with a new body, called the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA). Under new rules, the IAA would no longer hear directly from people claiming asylum, and would generally be restricted to information before the Department of Immigration.

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