An unnecessary penalty: Economic impacts of changes to the Status Resolution Support Services

John van Kooy, Anthony Ward

Refugee Council of Australia | Published : 2018


The Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) and its previous iterations have historically supported people seeking asylum to meet their basic healthcare and living needs, as they are ineligible for any other form of Government-funded social security support. As a result of the Federal Government’s recent changes to the SRSS, many people seeking asylum will lose financial support and access to critical services. This puts them at risk of poverty, destitution and homelessness.