Asylum Explained

A guide to the process of seeking asylum in Australia

This website contains information about seeking asylum in Australia.

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.

Click here: What is ‘Seeking Asylum’ in Australia?
When you “seek asylum” you are asking the Australian government to give you asylum so that you do not have to return home. If you are in danger in your home country you can seek asylum to stay here in Australia by applying for a Protection visa. You are an asylum seeker in Australia if:

  • You are in Australia
  • You believe you are a refugee
  • You are applying for protection to the Australian government so that you can stay here

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.

Am I a refugee?
Am I a Refugee?

Am I a refugee?

Learn about the 9 things that will be considered to decide whether you are a refugee.

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How do I get protection? →

How do I get protection?

If you are in Australia and you think that you are a refugee then learn how to get protection.

Consistent Support
I arrived by boat →

I arrived by boat

Australia has obligations to protect all asylum seekers – learn where to find help.

Contacts & Resources

Where to get help

Find out where to find help right across Australia.

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Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution -
Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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This website provides general information to people seeking asylum in Australia through the onshore visa application process. We have tried to make sure that this information is correct and that nothing important has been left out. However, we cannot guarantee this because immigration law is complex and changes regularly.
The information on this website is not legal advice. You should not rely on this website to make decisions about your immigration situation. We strongly recommend that you get independent advice from a registered migration agent. For information about registered migration agents please visit
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre does not take responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information on this website and to the extent permitted by law, excludes any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of relying on the information contained on or accessed through his website.

The information on this website is current as at January 2012.

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