Australia’s Humanitarian Program is capped by the Commonwealth government at 13,750 places for 2011-12, the same level as for the previous two years.
The Humanitarian Program comprises offshore and onshore components. The offshore component selects refugees overseas, with the number of available places dependent on the number of asylum seekers granted refugee status in Australia (onshore). An increase in protection visas onshore results in a corresponding decrease offshore. This Fact Sheet discusses the onshore program, for the offshore program, see Fact Sheet 4 (Refugee Resettlement).