The first asylum seekers processed under Australia's new, more relaxed immigration policies, have been granted visas to stay in the country permanently.
Australian authorities are moving swiftly to resettle the first intake of Iranian and Afghan refugees since the easing of tough rules on asylum seekers.
The immigration department announced only on Friday that the group of 28 boat people would be resettled in South Australia and they are expected to arrive there within the next few days.
The 18 adults and 10 children were intercepted by authorities between 29 September and 24 November last year and since then have been held on Christmas Island, off Western Australia.
They said they wanted to stay together and the department believes that South Australia offers the best opportunity for them to become integrated into the Australian way of life.
They are the first people to be granted asylum since the centre-left government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd softened Australia's refugee policy last July.
Announcing a "more humane" approach, Mr Rudd scrapped the automatic incarceration on arrival of asylum seekers and called for an end to the detention of children and their families - both legacies of the previous conservative government led by John Howard.
Immigration spokesman Sandi Logan said other immigrants from the same cultural background already live in South Australia who would help the newcomers assimilate.
Immigration Minister Chris Evans said on Friday that a thorough assessment of their claims had determined they were entitled to Australia's protection.
He said they had clearly demonstrated a well-founded fear of persecution or death should they be returned to their own countries.
The Immigration Department is currently processing claims for another 134 unauthorised arrivals on Christmas Island.