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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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U naccompanied Humanitarian Minor Program

(Question No. 1311)

Ms Gambaro asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 28 November 2012:

By way of monthly breakdown, since 1 December 2007 to date, (a) how many Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs) arriving through Australia's off-shore refugee and humanitarian program have not had access to pre-arrival orientation, and (b) what difficulties have service providers reported to the department in terms of increased 'transition time' required to understand the needs of UHMs.

Mr Brendan O'Connor: The answers to the honourable member's question is:

(a) Departmental records on the number of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM) arriving through the offshore humanitarian program that have not accessed pre-arrival orientation services are not readily available and cannot be provided within the required timeframe. A manual examination of hundreds of individual records dating back to 2007-08 would be required and would be an unreasonable diversion of resources.

(b) The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (the Department) is not aware of any feedback from service providers in relation to any increase in the transition time required where UHMs may not have accessed pre-arrival orientation services.