Refugee Council of Australia
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Fast tracking and ‘Legacy Caseload’ statistics

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 below graph 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’.

 

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