The Australian government has been forcing people seeking asylum into destitution. Future changes are likely to make thousands of highly vulnerable people in our communities homeless and desperate. Community groups and organisations around the country cannot cope. This is a humanitarian crisis in the making.
Read what people seeking asylum, and people who support them, have told us about what is happening.
There is a support program for people seeking asylum in Australia called the Status Resolution Support Service or SRSS. It provides a basic living allowance, casework, and access to torture and trauma counselling.
While the support is minimal it is still lifesaving for many people.
The Government is now in the process of taking away this vital support and unveiling a new, reduced support model of SRSS. From June 4th, thousands of people will be exited from the program and are expected to find a job. The only assistance they will get is access to a computer at a local employment agency.
Can you sign our petition calling on Malcolm Turnbull to #ChangeThePolicy of cruelty and save these life-saving supports for people seeking asylum.
If we can show him there is strong communtiy support for this program ahead of the May Budget, we know he can find the minimal $250 a week for those on the payment
Learn more about the challenges faced by people in our community
While the changes to income support are new, the destitution of people seeking asylum is not new. Read these reports to understand the challenges facing people seeking asylum in surviving, getting housing, and getting work.