Visas for survivors of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices were created by the Australian Government in 2004 to provide protection, security and certainty to survivors. The visa framework was amended in 2009 and then again in 2015. However, the current eligibility criteria for the grant of permanent visas to survivors is unduly narrow and creates uncertainty in various circumstances. Additionally, the visa framework does not adequately account for circumstances where trafficked people are unable to participate in a criminal investigation.
Source: Anti-Slavery Australia, ‘Visas for Trafficked People: The Australian Response’ (Policy Position Paper, August 2016).