How to vote for refugees in the federal election

08 May 2019


Australia needs to instil humanitarian principles within its centres of power.
Behrouz Boochani
This Federal election is our opportunity to send a message that people in Australia want fair and humane policies that ensure the dignity and well being of refugees and people seeking asylum, both here in Australia and around the world.   
We want to see fair and efficient processes for people seeking asylum, and believe Australia should treat those in our care with compassion and dignity and support them to get on with rebuilding their lives.
With the election just around the corner, we’ve drawn on the resources from the Refugee Council of Australia to put together some information to help you make an informed decision about how to use your vote to ensure safety, fairness and freedom for refugees and people seeking asylum.

At a glance: major party policies on refugees and asylum seekers

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 To put this guide together, we’ve drawn on research done by the Refugee Council of Australia. Click here to see the full analysis.


To find out more, click the headings... 

Offshore processing
Mandatory indefinite detention
Australia’s humanitarian intake program
‘Fast track’ process
Temporary Protection Visas
Regional refugee protection