"The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement", Australia's Home Affairs Department said, adding it would "consider this referral in the usual way, as it does with all UNHCR referrals".
The father and brother of a Saudi teenager who was detained in Bangkok after fleeing a family she claims will kill her are, according to police, due to arrive in Thailand imminently, where she is not being deported home as initially feared.
Al-Qunun alleged several times that Saudi officials were involved in seizing her passport.
"We are very grateful that the Thai authorities did not send back (Qunun) against her will and are extending protection to her", he said.
While Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been steadily easing restrictions on women, notably granting them the right to open their own businesses and to drive cars, the guardianship system remains in place and authorities remain sensitive to social codes.
Upon landing, she says her passport was taken by a man whose business card she posted to Twitter, which identified him as Ali Alanazi, the local security supervisor for Kuwait Airways. An Australian visa is usually processed electronically and not stamped in one's passport, but confirmed by a document that the visitor can print out. He has called on the Thai authorities and UNHCR to assess her claim as quickly as possible.
Her fate on arriving back in Saudi Arabia remains unknown.
A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Babar Baloch, said at its Geneva headquarters that it could take several days for the agency to look into Qunun's claims. The embassy - and Thai officials - earlier also said that al-Qunun was stopped by Thai authorities in Bangkok because she did not have a return ticket, a hotel reservation or itinerary to show she was a tourist, which appeared to have raised a flag about the reasons for her trip.
"The claims made by Alqunun that she may be harmed if returned to Saudi Arabia are deeply concerning", a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said.
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Ms Al-Qunun had planned to enter Australia on a tourist visa and seek asylum before she was detained by Thai authorities on Sunday.
"They will kill me because I fled and because I announced my atheism", she said.
Noura, one of four friends tweeting from Ms Mohammed al-Qunun's account, told the BBC they knew each other from an online group for Saudi feminists, and that she herself had "escaped" Saudi Arabia because she is "an ex-Muslim".
On Monday, the head of Thai immigration, Lieutenant General Surachate Hakparn, told the press he would not force a deportation if the woman's life was found to be in danger.
"Rahaf is not a political asylum case", he insisted.
While Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phil Robertson has backed this statement, Abdullah al-Shuaibi, charge d'affaires at the Saudi embassy in Bangkok, denied this. Both had attempted to apply for Turkish residency, but are now facing deportation in an ongoing appeals process. "The embassy considers this issue a family matter". Qunun then used social media to seek help from different countries.
The latest incident comes against the backdrop of intense scrutiny on Saudi Arabia over the shocking murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi past year, which has renewed criticism of the kingdom's rights record. "You saved Rahaf's life yesterday: the people, the media".