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SRSS facts and figures

Who are they?

13,299 people are at risk of losing support, 4,059 of those are children.

This was the number of people on the Status Resolution Support Services program as at 27 February 2018, and the total of those under 18 at that time.

Between 72–88% of those who came by boat have been found to be refugees so far.

72% is the percentage of people granted protection as part of the Legacy Caseload as of 30 April 2018, and 78% and 88% is the number of those still on PNG and Nauru who have been found to be refugees as of 26 February 2018.

How much do they get?

A single person without a child gets less than $35 a day to live on.

This is calculated according to 89% of Newstart rates as at 20 March 2018.
The poverty line in 2016 is $63 a day.

This is calculated as 50% of the median income for June quarter 2016.

Where else we can save money?

A person seeking asylum living in the community costs the government on average $10,221, a person in community detention $103,343 and a person in held detention $346,660.
These are averages given for 2017-2018 year to date by the Department of Home Affairs on 21 May 2018.

What we spend on offshore processing would support almost 145,000 people in the community.

This is based on $1.48 billion estimated expenditure in 2017-18, divided by average cost of those in the community.

The money we spent resettling people in Cambodia would have supported 661 people in the community.

This is based on $6.76 million spent on resettlement excluding $40 million in development assistance, divided by average cost of those in the community.

Who is helping?

Many organisations, large and small, are already helping thou sands of people seeking asylum in Australia. There are at least 150 organisations providing services across Australia.
This is based on our national services directory.

Over 10,000 people seeking asylum were helped in 2016 and 2017 in NSW and Victoria alone.

These agencies have helped people with housing, financial help, English classes, education and employment, and social activities.

They have done so with the help of well over 2,000 ordinary people who have volunteered their time.

All rely on tens of thousands of generous donors.
This is based on published annual reports for 2016-2017 and calendar year 2016, depending on the agency’s reporting year.

You can download the data sources for these facts and figures here.

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