The Abbott government has announced the resettlement of 12,000 extra Syrian refugees in Australia, meaning 2015/16 will see the largest humanitarian intake in the history of Australia's refugee program.
With Australia's response to the Syrian humanitarian crisis the subject of intense debate this week, it's worth looking back at our history when it comes to accepting refugees.
To put this in perspective, here's how Australia responded following World War II.
After the war, Australia threw open its borders with the biggest refugee intake in the history of the nation.
In the five years from 1947, over 170,000 refugees displaced by the war arrived and were resettled in Australia. That was the single biggest Australian response to a refugee crisis. Since then, we haven't come close.
The Vietnam War is amongst the largest conflicts since the second world war. Australia was involved in the war for a decade which, at the time was Australia's longest war. Following that engagement, we resettled 100,000 Vietnamese refugees over a 20 year period.
In 1999 Australia granted 5,900 temporary Safe Haven Visas, including 1,900 to East Timorese and 4,000 to Kosovars.
Australia's first formal refugee program was introduced in 1977. In that time, the humanitarian intake each year has barely changed at all.
This is despite the total migration intake into Australia growing, and more than doubling over the last decade.
The extra 12,000 resettlements the government has announced means that 2015/16 will have the highest humanitarian intake in the history of Australia's refugee program. However the extra places are a one-off.
On a per capita basis, the only time Australia has been more generous was over the period 1979-83, in the aftermath of the Vietnam war.
The Abbott government has announced that the intake will be raised to 18,750 per year by 2018.
The government previously cut the intake from 20,000 back to 13,750, after it was raised by Labor when they were in government.