This definition applies to all payments.
A refugee, for the purposes of social security entitlements, is a person who has been granted a visa (1.1.V.40) under the Department of Home Affairs' humanitarian program.
The humanitarian program for refugees and others in refugee-like situations includes 2 components:
- onshore protection/asylum component - this fulfils Australia's international obligations by offering protection to people already in Australia who are found to be refugees according to the refugees convention, and
- offshore resettlement component - this meets Australia's commitment to refugee protection by going beyond international obligations and offering resettlement to people overseas for whom this is the most appropriate option. This component comprises 2 categories of permanent visas:
- Refugee, and
- Special Humanitarian Program (SHP).