Our paper describes the living conditions of people seeking asylum currently living in the Australian community. It focuses on the more than 27,000 asylum seekers who have arrived by boat and live in the community, awaiting the processing and outcome of their protection application.
Most people seeking asylum currently living in Australia receive little or no income assistance. This means they struggle to meet even the most basic living requirements. These provisions form part of government policy measures designed to deter others from seeking protection in Australia and to encourage people to leave Australia voluntarily.