Complementary protection decisions

Beyond the shore of Buka, deep in the Pacific Ocean there is no telecommunications and almost no electric power, lie a small cluster of atolls called the Carteret Islands. With a combined landmass of a little over half a square kilometer, these islands are home to 2,000 islanders who live a simplified rural lifestyle where they fish, grow food, build their homes, and rely on the resources available to them on the miniature islands.The communities who live in the tropical atolls are among the most economically, socially and physically disadvantaged populations in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. This can be due to a number of factors such as high population density; low income levels; poor access to services; land shortages and diminishing crop yields. These factors are further compounded by the negative effects posed by increased climate change and other occasional hazards such as tsunamis which can easily rip through the shallow islands.

Since 24 March 2012, asylum seekers processed in Australia have been able to claim protection on broader grounds than those contained in the Refugee Convention, reflecting Australia’s obligations under international human rights law.

  1. Summary of additions since last update (current to 30 June 2022; last updated 21 May 2024)
  2. Summary of Australian Tribunal decisions (2019-) (current to 30 June 2022; last updated 21 May 2024)
  3. Summary of Australian court decisions (2019-) (current to 30 June 2022; last updated 21 May 2024)
  4. Summary of New Zealand decisions (2017-) (current to 30 June 2022; last updated 21 May 2024)

Archived decisions:

  1.  Summary of Australian Tribunal decisions (2019) (last updated 31 December 2019)
  2.  Summary of Australian Tribunal decisions (2018) (last updated 30 April 2019)
  3.  Summary of Australian court decisions (2018)
  4.  Summary of Australian court decisions (2017)
  5.  Summary of Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions (2017)
  6.  Summary of Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions (2016)
  7.  Summary of Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions (2015)
  8.  Summary of Refugee Review Tribunal decisions (2012–15)
  9.  Summary of Australian court decisions (2015–16) (last updated 14 December 2016) 
  10.  Summary of court and AAT decisions (2012–14) 
  11.  Summary of 'unsuccessful' RRT decisions (2012–23 May 2014)