The results represented in this section are based on 50 individuals who identified as asylum seekers or refugees.(1) The low response cohort and a higher non-response rate compared to general cohort allow for an indicative, rather than a definitive analysis of the current living and financial situation of these individuals.
Of the 50 asylum seeker/refugee respondents, with 50:50 split of female and male. About 46% of these respondents were parents or carers to children under 18, representing a total of 45 children in the total cohort. The majority of respondents (75%) were aged between 25-44, and 17% were aged between 18-24 years. The majority of respondents (63%) lived in private rental (Chart 30).
Only nine per cent of asylum seekers/refugees were in receipt of a Centrelink payment, which were likely to only include refugee respondents with permanent protection visas, and are thus eligible for Centrelink assistance. Over half of respondents were receiving support through the Red Cross Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme (54%). These respondents were likely to be asylum seekers on bridging visas, who were not eligible for Centrelink supports and would have no rights to work or study in Australia. Respondents noted utilising other community-based services such as The Salvation Army, AMES and Anglicare for further assistance (Chart 29).