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Extend the Support for Trafficked People program

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
    • 12 Better equip the service system and communities to address complex forms of violence and harmful cultural practices including early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry abuse and human trafficking.

What are we doing?

Under the Fourth Action Plan, the Commonwealth increased funding for the Support for Trafficked People program (Support Program) to meet rising demand for support from victims of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices.

The program provides:

  • intensive case management
  • support to access accommodation
  • referrals to high quality counselling and medical services
  • financial assistance
  • referrals to legal and migration services
  • social and emotional support.

For more information, go to the DSS webpage on Support for Trafficked People Program.

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $3.8 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund the Support for Trafficked People program.

What have we achieved so far?

The Support Program has been delivered nationally since 2004 to assist victims of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices identified by the Australian Federal Police. As at 30 June 2021, 602 people have been supported by the program.

What is next?

The Australian Red Cross is funded to deliver the Support Program until 30 June 2022.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcomes of this program are:

  • clients are able to begin rehabilitation from trauma, including being removed from the situation
  • clients are able to participate in education and employment opportunities
  • clients are supported to participate in criminal justice processes and uphold their legal rights
  • clients have support for legal, medical, mental health and accommodation issues.

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