Over the past 25 years, people have been supported while seeking asylum through a basic living allowance and limited casework. These support programs were designed so that people can more effectively resolve their claims for protection.
In the past few years, and especially since August 2017, the Australian Government has been making it harder for people to access these support programs. This is forcing vulnerable men, women and children into destitution.
More drastic changes coming in 2018 are likely to drive thousands more into destitution. People will lose their housing, and will be deprived of food, clothes and essential medicines. They will turn to community organisations around the country, which operate without any government funding and are already at breaking point after years of assisting people subject to punitive asylum policies.