What is ‘Onshore protection’?

The Onshore protection part of the Refugee and Humanitarian Program gives you options if you believe you are owed protection after arrival in Australia.

You can apply for protection if you are already in Australia if one of the following applies to you:

  • you meet the United Nations definition of a refugee, as defined in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol (Refugees Convention)
  • you are owed protection under other international human rights treaties and conventions because there is a real risk that you will suffer from significant harm if returned to your country.

If you need asylum in Australia, you can apply for a Protection visa (subclass 866).