9.1.2.130 Human Trafficking Visa Framework

Introduction

The Human Trafficking Visa Framework forms a part of the whole-of-government strategy to combat human trafficking, and consists of 2 visa subclasses:

  • Bridging F visa (subclass 060)
  • Referred Stay (Permanent) visa (subclass 852).

Bridging F visa - subclass 060

Unlawful non-citizens who have been assessed by the Australian Federal Police (or other law enforcement agency) as suspected victims of human trafficking may be eligible for a subclass 060 Bridging F visa. This visa is a temporary visa designed exclusively for trafficked people. The purposes of this visa is to allow the visa holder an initial period of up to 90 days to recover and reflect, and to facilitate the longer term temporary stay of trafficked people assisting in criminal justice processes.

During the period the person is on a Bridging F visa, that person is eligible for SpB and related ancillary payments, and family assistance payments if they have a dependent child (subject to meeting all other qualification requirements for the individual payments).

Policy reference: SS Guide 9.2.1 Visa subclasses 010-099 payment eligibility

Referred Stay (Permanent) visa - subclass 852

The subclass 852 Referred Stay (Permanent) visa is a permanent visa, and may be granted to eligible victims or witnesses of trafficking who have contributed to an investigation or prosecution of a human trafficking related offence, and as a result would be in danger if they returned to their home country.

This visa is subject to health and character checks.

Holders of this visa have immediate access to a broad range of social security payments (subject to meeting the qualification requirements for the individual payments).

Policy reference: SS Guide 9.2.12 Visa subclasses 850-899 payment eligibility
Last reviewed: 12 August 2019