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Seeking Asylum are included in critical COVID-19 support (2020)

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UFVRA believe that Refugees and people seeking asylum are some of the most vulnerable in our communities and the COVID-19 crisis is impacting them greatly.

Whilst the government’s COVID-19 support package is commendable, it has failed to include refugees and people seeking asylum, leaving many facing potential hardship.

Thousands of people have been left with no income, no access to Medicare, and no access to Centrelink or dedicated COVID-19 assistance.

Without this critical support, people who came to Australia seeking our protection will be left facing extreme poverty, food insecurity and potential destitution. 

Treasurer Frydenberg and Minister for Families and Social Services, Ruston, have the ability to expand financial support to all people in Australia considering current situation.


Dear Treasurer Frydenberg and Ruston,

We welcome the announcement of Federal Government support during this time of crisis, but we ask you to urgently expand financial support to include refugees and people seeking asylum in need.

There are currently more than 60,300 men, women and children, who came to Australia searching for protection, living under precarious circumstances and unable to access vital support in a daily basis.

Thousands of people have lost their works, many with no ability to access Centrelink provision and or the Job Keeper Wage Subsidy, despite many having worked and contributed to Australia for a number of years and months.

Thousands of people have lost access to financial support through the government’s Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), after the program was cut extensively over the last two years. There are a number of people facing no income stream, no access to Centrelink support as well as no access to SRSS, leaving them at risk of destitution.

  • A number of people have no access to Medicare

  • Thousands of people are facing extreme poverty and destitution because they are unable to access critical support

  • Preserving the health of everyone in Australia has never been more critical.

We wish you to consider the well-being of all by extending a financial safety net to people seeking asylum and refugees, including:

Financial support for people seeking asylum

Access to the Job Keeper wage subsidy for all

Continuous access to Medicare for all

It is authoritative at this time that we support all in our community, especially our most vulnerable, to ensure we are ready to grow and rebuild once this crisis is over (COVID -19).

At UFVRA, we are receiving phone calls from people seeking asylum and refugees in distress.

Thousands have faced years of uncertainty in the country and are now faced with the COVID-19 crisis. These are some of the most vulnerable people in our communities who are feeling the impact of this crisis tenfold.

Donate to our Emergency Appeal to:

  • Help fund vital telephone support so that we can be at the other end of the phone, giving critical legal support as people navigate through this crisis.

  • Help fund the cost of telephone interpreters so we can speak to our clients in a language which they are familiar.



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