Australia is investigating what visas can be offered to white South African farmers who are facing violence and land seizures at home.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton believes the farmers deserve "special attention" and need help from a "civilised country" like Australia.
"If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it's a horrific circumstance they face," Mr Dutton told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
"We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted."
He has directed the Home Affairs department to explore whether the farmers can be accepted into Australia through refugee, humanitarian or other visas, including the in-country persecution visa category.
"I do think on the information that I've seen, people do need help, and they need help from a civilised country like ours," Mr Dutton said.
The minister said it was clear the farmers in question wanted to work hard and contribute to countries like Australia.
"We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare," he said.
"And I think these people deserve special attention and we're certainly applying that special attention now."
Mr Dutton suggested an announcement could be made soon.
"We're just looking at the moment at what might be feasible and hopefully we'll make an announcement in due course," he said.
Australian Associated Press