Australia’s Humanitarian Program was capped by the Commonwealth government at 13,750 places annually from 2010-13. It was increased to 20,000 for 2013-14.
The Humanitarian Program comprises offshore and onshore components. The offshore component selects refugees overseas, with available places dependent on the number of asylum seekers granted refugee status in Australia (onshore). An increase in protection visas onshore results in a corresponding decrease offshore. (See Fact Sheet 4 for the offshore program.)