Reforms to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework

From 1 January 2016, changes will be made to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework.

This measure started on 1 January 2016.

Description of the measure

From 1 January 2016, changes will be made to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework.

These measures affect 2 groups of people:

  1. People who are the holders of a Witness Protection Trafficking Permanent visa will be able to apply for a range of payments such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy, and Parenting Payment

    The Witness Protection Trafficking Permanent Visa will also be renamed.

    The 104 week waiting period for working age payments will not apply to these visa holders. They will however be subject to the 10 year qualifying residence waiting period for Age Pension or Disability Support Pension

    Qualification to a broader range of social security payments will allow people on this visa access to further job and educational services, and develop options for life after they leave the Support for Trafficked People Programme

    These visa holders will have access to Medicare and a range of employment services support

  2. People on a specific bridging visa who are part of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Support for Trafficked People Programme will be able to apply for basic support payments such as Special Benefit, family payments and allowances

    These visa holders will have access to Medicare and a range of employment services support

Questions and answers

Who is affected by this measure

This measure affects 2 groups of people:

  1. People who are granted a Witness Protection Trafficking Permanent visa
  2. People who are a part of the DSS Support for Trafficked People Programme and are granted a bridging visa

Who is eligible for this measure

People who are eligible for this measure include:

  1. People who are the holders of a Witness Protection Trafficking Permanent visa will be able to apply for a range of payments such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy, and Parenting Payment
  2. People who are a part of the DSS Support for Trafficked People Programme, and are granted a bridging visa, may be eligible for basic support payments such as Special Benefit, family payments and allowances

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure starts on 1 January 2016 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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