On March 18, the UNHCR announced the temporary suspension of resettlement departures of refugees. As resettlement remains a life-saving tool for many refugees, UNHCR and IOM are appealing to States, and working in close coordination with them to ensure that movements can continue for the most critical emergency cases wherever possible. The suspension is now in full effect. For more information read the UNHCR press release here.
As of March 15, 2020, any new arrivals were required to follow the Government mandate to self-isolate for 14 days. We have been in regular contact with the Department of Home Affairs, which has assured us that isolation is just a precaution and the risk of new arrivals testing positive is very low.
Isolation for refugees is no different to anyone else arriving into Australia, so we are presuming new arrivals are healthy. However, we will limit unnecessary contact with clients where possible.
HSP staff with questions or concerns should get in touch with their line manager.