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Protection visas are available to people in Australia, whether lawfully or unlawfully, who seek the protection of the Australian government from persecution in their home country.
Eligibility requirements for the protection visa subclasses are based on the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Under these international agreements, Australia is obliged to give protection to people who are in the Australian migration zone if they fit within the United Nations definition of a refugee - subject to Australia’s own immigration law requirements.
The United Nations definition of a refugee is a person, or an immediate family member of a person, who:
In addition to the Convention definition, Australian immigration law generally requires that the person:
Invoking Australia’s protection obligations under international law is a serious and complex process. These are cases that need to be covered with care, attention to detail, and sensitivity.