Women on Temporary Visas Open Letter

Lend your voice and help us protect women on temporary visas experiencing violence- sign your name to our open letter today.

Women on temporary visas, and their children, face great barriers when accessing essential services such as income and healthcare. Will you sign our open letter to our Federal and State Governments and demand they allow people on temporary visas experiencing violence immediate access to lifesaving resources and services?


To view a list of members of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence click here.

An Open Letter to the Australian and State and Territory Governments

Dear Ministers
Every person experiencing violence should be able to access social security, healthcare, housing, legal help, interpreting services and other supports they need to be safe.

We are writing to you as members of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence, that consists of over 60 state and national peak bodies, service providers and other organisations across Australia working to address domestic, family and sexual violence. Over the past few weeks, our members have become increasingly concerned for the safety and wellbeing of women on temporary visas who are experiencing violence and their children. We know that the requirement of social isolation may increase the incidence of domestic, family and sexual violence.

We urge you to act immediately to ensure that people on temporary visas experiencing violence have full and immediate access to:

  1. Expand eligibility for relevant social security payments, including crisis, welfare and rental assistance payments to all victims/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence, irrespective of visa status, across all states, territories and federal legislation.    

  2. Expand the eligibility of housing support services to provide equal access without any visa status restrictions to temporary accommodation, crisis accommodation and transitional housing, and expand access to public housing and Safe at Home Programs to ensure that women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their dependants can have a safe place to live and a safe home.

  3. Ensure all relevant service providers offering support to women with no income on temporary visas experiencing violence—including crisis housing, health, mental health, legal, domestic, family and sexual violence crisis services and community organisations —receive adequate funding to cater to the additional needs of these victims/survivors

We also recommend amending the Family Violence provisions in the Migration Regulations, creating a new temporary visa for people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence and providing long term and sustainable funding to specialist domestic, family and sexual violence and legal services. This will ensure that people can access the support they need to be safe without the fear of being deported. For the detailed version of our recommendations, please refer to the Blueprint for Reform: Removing Barriers to Safety for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence who are on Temporary Visas.

Yours sincerely,
Project Respect and the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence



Who's signing

Christina Rodenburg
Jennifer Kennison
jessica baker
Jim Westlake
Bria Kerei-Keepa
Neoma Carey
Rory Thomson-Ball
Sila Uzuner
Silvia Amici
Sophie Burke
Emily Sporik
Georgia Ransome
Caitlin Whyte
Cirila (Lilac) Limpangog
Rebecca Jankovic
Jacinta Head
Brady Irwin
Ross Germaine
Elena Robertson
Malorie Desilets
Jackson Vincent
Cymantha Thompson
Jeff Tyson
Amuna Abdella
Flora Culpan
Alex Haynes
Jane Willey
Marian Reid
Amy Brand
Charlotte Sterrett
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  • Christina Rodenburg
    signed 2020-07-01 16:37:16 +1000
  • Jennifer Kennison
    signed 2020-07-01 15:37:34 +1000
  • jessica baker
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  • Jim Westlake
    signed 2020-07-01 15:13:03 +1000
  • Bria Kerei-Keepa
    signed 2020-07-01 14:56:08 +1000
  • Neoma Carey
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  • Rory Thomson-Ball
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  • Sila Uzuner
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  • Silvia Amici
    signed 2020-07-01 14:38:42 +1000
  • Sophie Burke
    signed 2020-07-01 14:30:05 +1000
  • Emily Sporik
    signed 2020-07-01 14:24:23 +1000
  • Georgia Ransome
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  • Caitlin Whyte
    signed 2020-07-01 14:04:14 +1000
  • Cirila (Lilac) Limpangog
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  • Rebecca Jankovic
    signed 2020-07-01 13:44:21 +1000
  • Jacinta Head
    signed 2020-07-01 13:43:57 +1000
  • Brady Irwin
    signed 2020-07-01 11:26:31 +1000
    A worthy cause!
  • Ross Germaine
    signed 2020-07-01 10:52:59 +1000
    Ross Germaine
  • Elena Robertson
    signed via 2020-07-01 10:24:15 +1000
    As a woman on a temporary visa, I know how precarious my situation is. I have been working (and paying tax) in Australia for 4 years, yet I am not eligible for any job support. I am not experiencing violence, but if I were, I would be extraordinarily vulnerable. All women in Australia deserve the government’s support: we contribute to your society through our paid labour, our unpaid labour, the connections and communities we create, and the diversity we bring to this country. We contribute in the same (if not more) ways as citizens—and so we deserve to be supported and protected by this government. At a time when the vulnerable are more vulnerable than ever, and when escaping violence has new and additional barriers, please support all women and people experiencing violence, regardless of their citizenship status.
  • Malorie Desilets
    signed 2020-07-01 10:20:03 +1000
  • Jackson Vincent
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  • Cymantha Thompson
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  • Jeff Tyson
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    Jeff Tyson
  • Amuna Abdella
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  • Flora Culpan
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  • Alex Haynes
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  • Jane Willey
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  • Marian Reid
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    Marian Reid
  • Amy Brand
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  • Charlotte Sterrett
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