The Victorian government will put in $-3m to respond to the crisis to support asylum seekers for cuts to the federal government.
In 2017 the federal government announced it was tightening the requirements for payment of status resolution support services for dependents for visas, which came into force in 2018.
The payment was approximately $ 35 per day for just over 13,000 people, and provided access to trauma and torture counseling services and case management assistance. the restrictions reduced the number of people on the program by about 5,000. said by Advocates
A report last year found that 80% of asylum seekers risked homelessness.
In April, the Asylum Resource Center reported a huge increase in people seeking help for food and housing due to the changes.
On Sunday, the Victorian Health Minister, Martin Foley, declared $ 3m to cover health and support services for 6,000 asylum seekers across the state. It gave $ 600,000 last year.
The funds will be distributed to the Red Cross, Asylum Seeker Resource Center, Monash Health, Improvement and Promoting Community Health, Cabrini Refugee and Asylum Seeker Hub, Foundation House and Refugee Legal.
Foley said.:- “This funding will ensure people who have already endured great trauma and hardship and are seeking asylum in Victoria get the specialist care they need,”
“While this can’t address every need or resolve the larger uncertainty of waiting for a visa outcome, we hope this support can relieve some of the pressures faced by those seeking asylum.”
Previous year, a Refugee Council of Australia announcement found the cuts, aimed at taking refugees away from earnings and employment, simply shifted costs from the federal to state governments and humanitarianism organizations.
It was appraise that the cuts would cost state and territory governments btw. $ 80m & $ 120m a year in extra funds for health, corrective services and homeless.