Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Program (UHMP)
Partnering with young people and their carers to live healthy, connected lives in Australia.
Who are Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors?
Unaccompanied minors are children and young people under the age of 18 years from humanitarian refugee backgrounds who arrive in Australia without parental support. Many arrive with other family members or have family already living here. They have been granted permanent residency on humanitarian grounds and live with their nominated carer or their proposer when they first arrive.
Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors have often experienced significant trauma before coming to Australia and may face complex health problems, as well as cultural and language barriers. They are eligible for support services until the age of 18 or until circumstances change, such as being reunited with their parents or becoming an Australian citizen.
Mercy Community has been delivering support services to these young people and their carers on behalf of the Queensland Government, since 1985.
Since then, our Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Program (UHMP) has worked with children and young people from countries within Africa, South-East Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Central America.
We offer tailored support services as they adjust and settle in to life in Australia. This may include providing information about education, transport, health services, Centrelink, recreational activities, career planning, language, parenting and family matters, legal needs and accommodation.
We are here to support young people and their carers to achieve physical, emotional and social well being while maintaining positive connections with their culture and community.
Contact the UHMP team today!
All referrals to UHMP are received through the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Contact us today to find out more about how we support Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors.
UHM Program partners
The Department of Home Affairs delegates the provision of this support to State Governments. In Queensland, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women provides funding for Mercy Community to support Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors and their carers.
We work closely with other community organisations, such as settlement agencies and housing organisations, government departments, schools, counselling organisations, housing services and Centrelink.