Latest: Submission to the Humanitarian Program 2022-23

The Humanitarian Program is a key component of Australia’s immigration policy, offering resettlement for refugees fleeing conflict and prosecution. The Program aims to ensure that Australia meets its international obligations to protect refugees.  

ECCV’s submission to the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Program 2022-23 reflects longstanding concerns about the direction of Australia’s immigration policies. Over the past 20 years, Australia’s treatment of refugees and people seeking asylum has been criticised as unlawful, unsustainable and inhumane. Once recognised as world class, Australia’s Humanitarian Program has been undermined by successive governments through costs-cutting measures and the reduction of humanitarian intake targets. 

ECCV’s recommendations emphasise the need for greater equity in how we respond to resettlement needs around the world. Significant global events have resulted in record levels of forced displacement, with many people unable to seek asylum due to border closures and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia has the capacity to respond to these needs by increasing the humanitarian intake, carrying over intake quotas that were not filled in the past two years, and supporting refugees throughout their resettlement journey.  

We draw particular attention to the urgent need to abolish temporary visas for people who arrived by boat and to transition all temporary visa-holders to permanent visas. Other priority recommendations include: 

  • Reforming Australia’s administrative review system and abolishing the ‘fast track’ process 
  • Ending definition and mandatory immigration detention by considering the Ending Indefinite and Arbitrary Immigration Detention Bill 2022 currently before Parliament 
  • Increasing the size of the Humanitarian Program to 30,000, with view to progressively increasing the intake for both offshore and onshore visas  
  • Recognising the harmful impacts of family separation by streamlining and reducing the costs associated with the family reunification process
Submission to Humanitarian Program 2022-23

Submission to Humanitarian Program 2022-23

  Increasing our refugee intake to 30,000, urgently abolishing temporary visas for people who arrived by boat, and transitioning all temporary visa-holders to permanent visas are among the key recommendations in ECCV’s submission to the Australian Government’s...

Elder abuse literature review

Elder abuse literature review

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2022, ECCV is pleased to release our literature review synthesising existing research on elder abuse against people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Building on our work as part of the Raising Awareness of Elder...

ECCV Victorian State Budget Analysis 22-23

ECCV Victorian State Budget Analysis 22-23

Overview The 2022-23 Budget was delivered on 3 May 2022, almost a year after the 2021-22 Budget. This year’s Budget is designed to address almost two years of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with significant investments in healthcare and service delivery....

Chronic Disease Prevention in Multicultural Communities

Chronic Disease Prevention in Multicultural Communities

Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are on the rise in Australia and are now the nation’s leading cause of death and disability. Incidence of these conditions are higher in migrant communities than amongst the Australian born...

“We Are All In This Together” Report

“We Are All In This Together” Report

Community members experience racism in everyday life and in the way that society operate, according to a new ECCV report on lived experience of racism. In October 2021, ECCV held consultations with community members with lived experience of racism to help inform the...

Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23

Pre-Budget Submission 2022-23

ECCV has released our 2022-23 Pre-Budget Submission. The submission calls on the Victorian Government to learn from the experiences and systemic gaps exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure our communities rebuild and recover equally. We make 12 recommendations...

Improving access to after hours primary healthcare for CALD communities

Improving access to after hours primary healthcare for CALD communities

 People from linguistically diverse communities risk missing out on care  Melbourne’s primary health care system can be difficult to access for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, potentially endangering care for some of the city’s most at-risk communities, a...

Report: COVID-19 Recovery and Migrant and Refugee Communities

Report: COVID-19 Recovery and Migrant and Refugee Communities

As Victoria reopens after another prolonged lockdown, a long term recovery plan will be needed to support migrant and refugee communities, who have suffered disproportionate health, economic and social effects. A new report from Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria...

Submission to the Review of the Disability Act 2006 (Vic)

Submission to the Review of the Disability Act 2006 (Vic)

ECCV Submission to the Review of the Disability Act 3 Executive Summary The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) welcomes the Victorian Government’s commitment to reviewing the Disability Act 2006 (Vic) (the Act) and appreciates the opportunity to have...

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