1 January 2001
The measure will require Temporary Protection Visa (Subclass 785) holders who, from 1 January 2001, apply for Special Benefit and are of work-force age or are on Special Benefit and reach work-force age after that date to meet:
- the activity test and other allowance conditions; and
- strengthened review and compliance requirements.
The measure complements the Government's measures to address the issue of unauthorised arrivals.
The specific aims of this measure as a part of the overall package are to:
- Encourage social and economic participation by treating Temporary Protection Visa holders of work-force age in a similar way to Australian nationals of work-force age by requiring them to be self-reliant and to fulfil a mutual obligation to the Australian community; and
- Reinforce community support for the humanitarian immigration program and the treatment of these refugees.