Today the Refugee Council of Australia has joined other organisations including Save the Children Australia, Amnesty International Australia, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, Welcome to Australia and Rural Australians for Refugees to stand for an affordable and additional refugee community sponsorship program. The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative’s vision is to permit and encourage the sponsorship of refugee resettlement in Australian communities.

This initiative aims to build on the government’s current Community Support Program (CSP) by enhancing the capacity of the community to provide generous humanitarian protection to those fleeing persecution. We are calling on the Australian government to increase their humanitarian migration quota through the community sponsorship program. This involves introducing a scheme which will create 5000 places per annum, growing to 10,000 in five years. This initiative is similar to community sponsorship programs already in place in Canada and the UK.

The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative enables individuals, families, community networks and businesses to sign up to help sponsor refugees and refugee families to resettle into Australian communities.

Eligible refugees include those in most urgent need of resettlement as identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

If you would like to help sponsor an individual or family, or find out more information about our Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, check out the website.