In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic the government has announced several measures to support people during this time. We analysed them to see if people seeking asylum are eligible to access support.
People seeking asylum are those who have applied for protection visa with the Department of Home Affairs and are waiting for the outcome. They are normally on a Bridging visa during this time.
Refugees are people who have been granted a permanent or a temporary protection visa. They do have access to Centrelink payments. This post only deals with those who are currently seeking asylum. It is estimated that there 16000 people currently seeking asylum in Australia.
COVID supplement and access to social security payments
People who are already receiving Centrelink payments such as Jobseeker payment (former Newstart) will now be getting an extra $550 per fortnight in addition to their payment. Residency rules apply to qualify for this payment and people on bridging visas are not eligible.
A one-off $750 Corona virus supplement is given to a selected list of eligible Centrelink payments. People on bridging visas are not eligible.
The Canberra Statement has been signed by 350 stakeholders, that include:
Individuals / allies: 252
People with lived experience of forced displacement: 24 (that includes 16 who are LGBTIQ+)
3CR Community Radio
A Gender Agenda
Asian Australian Rainbow Alliance (AAuRA)
Asylum Seekers Centre (NSW)
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)
Australia and New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance ANTRA Inc.
Australian Catholics for Equality
Australian Lesbian Medical Association
Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council
Bisexual Alliance Victoria
CARAD – Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees
Canberra Refugee Action Campaign
Democracy in Colour
drummond street services
Family Planning Alliance Australia
Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Forced Migration Research Network UNSW
Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change
HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
LAHRC – Latin American & Hispanic Rainbow Community
Many Coloured Sky
Marie Stopes Australia
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW
National Ethnic Disability Alliance
NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
Open Dialogue Psychotherapy
Pride Foundation Australia
Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
Queer Sisterhood Project
Rainbow refugee action committee
Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)
Refugee Council of Australia
Road to Refuge
Settlement Services International
The Art of Change Agency
The Third Space
Thorne Harbour Health
THREE for All Foundation
TLLPC Pty Ltd
Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW
Uniting Vic. Tas
AOTEAROA /NEW ZEALAND
Auckland Pride Festival
Intersex Awareness Trust Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Ngākau Kahukura
Tiwhanawhana Trust, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Resilient- Trans-led organization
Women Refugee Route
Lesbian and Gay association in Germany project “Queer Refugees Deutschland”
Feminist Autonomous Centre for Research
Equal Asia Foundation (Stichting EqualA Foundation)
Oasis Legal Services
“Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” (documentary)
Individual signatories include people with lived experience of forced displacement, community, health and legal professionals, academics, policy makers, government officials, advocates and many more people committed to safety and justice for LGBTIQ+ people from refugee backgrounds.
Individual signatories DO NOT represent organisational views (even if you recognised their names). They have signed on to the statement in the personal capacity. The list below is of those individuals who agreed to have their name displayed publicly.