Not so fast
The policy of ‘fast tracking’ was meant to process people’s claims ‘faster’ than under the standard process for determining refugee status. The standard process is still used for people who come by plane and receive permanent protection.
The first graph on this page shows that the ‘fast tracking’ process has been far from fast. It compares the average time taken to process claims by visa type, showing that Temporary Protection Visas and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas take far longer to process than permanent protection claims. Note that this data includes people who were not subject to the fast-tracking process, but still received temporary protection visas.
A significant number of people are still waiting for their first temporary protection visa application to be processed, more than five years after the legislation was passed for ‘fast-tracking’. The next graph shows the longest time taken to process a fast-track application. In September 2016 the longest time to process a fast-track application was around 16 months. Three years later the longest a fast-track application had been on hand with the Department was almost 7 years.