Since 2013, the Australian Government has offered resettlement to Australia for certified Afghan locally engaged employees (LEE) and their direct family members who are at risk of harm as result of their work in support of Australia’s operations in Afghanistan.
Independent review into the Afghan Locally Engaged Employee Program
In 2021, the Senate Inquiry on Australia’s Engagement in Afghanistan recommended a full and thorough whole-of-government review of the Afghan LEE Program. On 10 November 2022, the Government appointed Dr Vivienne Thom AM to lead the review. Dr Thom provided her report to the Government on 20 March 2023.
Dr Thom made 7 recommendations to improve the design and delivery of the Afghan LEE Program, a number of which the Government had already begun undertaking. The Government has already begun implementing a number of these recommendations. The report also included an 8 recommendation to improve the design of any future, similar LEE programs.
The Government has agreed to all 8 recommendations.
Closing date for applications
In accordance with the recommendations of the independent review of the Afghan LEE Program, the Afghan LEE Program will close on 31 May 2024. Applications for LEE certification will close on 30 November 2023.
Afghan security guards, government officials and military officials are now eligible to apply for LEE certification.
Please note: Participation in an Australian-funded or facilitated training programs or scholarships do not satisfy the ‘employed with’ criterion. You must demonstrate that you were ‘employed with’ the AFP, not that you were a beneficiary of an Australian-funded training program or scholarship.