At the moment there are two different processes for people seeking asylum in Australia. There is one process for people who arrive by plane and a different system for people who arrive by boat. This website contains information about seeking asylum in Australia for people who arrived in Australia by plane and for people who arrived by boat after 24 March 2012. If you arrived in Australia by boat before 24 March 2012, please click here to learn more information about your situation.
If you are in Australia and you think that you are a refugee then you can seek asylum by applying for a Protection visa to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). If you are not a refugee then you will not be able to get a Protection visa. There may be other visa options which are better for you or it may be better for you to return home. You should get help from a registered migration agent to decide whether you are a refugee and whether to apply for a Protection visa. A registered migration agent can also help you to prepare your Protection visa application. Please click on the buttons below to find out more information about whether your situation makes you a refugee or, if you think you are a refugee, to find out more about how to apply for asylum or protection in Australia.
Learn about the 9 things that will be considered to decide whether you are a refugee.
If you are in Australia and you think that you are a refugee then learn how to get protection.
Australia has obligations to protect all asylum seekers – learn where to find help.
Find out where to find help right across Australia.