Australia is keeping around 100,000 people living in limbo for up to 8 years while their applications for asylum are stuck in a broken system.
This cruel approach prevents individuals and families from gaining the stability that refugee status provides. The result is vulnerable people living on the edge for years.
People seeking asylum who live in the community are also denied access to a number of critical support services such as Medicare, income support, public housing, homelessness, education, mental health and material aid.
This leaves highly vulnerable individuals and families with nothing to survive on but help from local charities and councils.
The Federal Government has a responsibility to process asylum claims quickly and to support to people until they can move forward with their lives in a positive way.
State and territory governments need to commit additional funding to make sure local support services are supported to provide access to people waiting for their asylum claims to be finalised.
Australians support each other in hard times and we are asking our federal, state and territory governments to do the same.