This policy is currently under review
Those asylum seekers and refugees who qualify for asylum should receive it on a temporary basis of up to five years.
Processing will initially take place in a Secure Community. This process should typically take a matter of weeks. If a person’s refugee status is confirmed, he or she will promptly be relocated to a purpose-designed Regional Estate, to live in typical Australian housing and be provided with the opportunity to work, undergo education and training and integrate with the Australian community.
Refugee status will be re-assessed on a set date after three years and again after a further two years. Should it be found possible for them to return home at either of these points, they will be able to do so. Should they not be able to return after five years, they will then be granted permanent residency.
A Secure Community will be similar to a town in that it will function like a community. Housing would be modest, compared to that enjoyed by many Australians. The residents will be processed as fast as possible. Once approved, the residents will be released to live in a Regional Estate. Those who have their claims rejected will be required to leave the country or be held in offshore detention.
The Secure Community is still a processing area, and for this reason, it will still be required to be “closed off” from the rest of Australia. Although residents will not be allowed out, Australian citizens and organisations with authorisation from the relevant government department will be allowed in.
A Regional Estate is a newly developed area which would cater for up to 600 refugees who are still within their first five years of seeking asylum. The estates would be located primarily near regional towns and cities, ideally in areas nearby nation-building projects in need of a workforce. The land would be developed to allow for private investment also.
Careful planning will ensure that situations such as large ethnic enclaves are avoided, with sensitivity also to ethnicity, culture and the local community. The total number or refugees living in the various regional estates should not account for more than 5 per cent of the town or city’s total population.
Housing would be built to be durable and easy to maintain. It would also be built to comfortably house a large number of people where possible. Only few designs would be made available for construction. Children will be able to attend local schools and participate in sport, and adults will be required to either work or undergo a form of education or training.
Each person would be entitled to basic welfare. It should take into account Australia’s generosity of accepting them into our communities and therefore should only be a portion of what is provided to Australians who are also doing it hard. Workers will not be entitled to receiving superannuation prior to becoming a permanent resident.