16 June marks the start of Refugee Week until 22 June, and coincides with international events to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June.
Every year Refugee Week is celebrated around the country, providing the opportunity to acknowledge the success of refugees and humanitarian entrants in Australian society.
The theme for Refugee Week this year is Courage, Determination and Resilience.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said Refugee Week is an opportunity to recognise the people who come to Australia through the Humanitarian Programme.
This year Australian Humanitarian Programme will offer 18,750 places to people in need.
The Minister said that Australia will continue to run an orderly Humanitarian Programme, increase the proportion of the Programme allocated to women and children who are fleeing violence, and ensure that it is sufficiently diverse to react to evolving humanitarian issues.