In 2017, a wide range of participants from across the Australian refugee sector and movement worked together to articulate a platform for reform of Australian refugee policy in 2018 and beyond. The contributors included people from refugee backgrounds, NGOs, community groups, academics and grassroots organisations.
While some positive progress has been made since 2017, including providing durable solutions for some of the people subject to offshore processing and an additional intake for refugees from Afghanistan, the issues identified continue to be our ongoing priorities over the next few years.
Outlined below are the five key policy areas that we must change for Australia to become a fair, egalitarian nation that will prosper into the future:
- The permanent end to offshore processing
- A fair process for claiming asylum
- Reform of the immigration detention system
- A larger and more responsive Refugee and Humanitarian Program
- Australia’s improved engagement in Asia