The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) is a joint project of:

  • the Refugee Council of Australia
  • Save the Children Australia
  • Amnesty International Australia
  • Welcoming Australia.


  • Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR): RAR is a committed supporter of community sponsorship and the work of CRSI.
  • The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT): ACRT is a cooperative activity of the member of churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). ACRT’s affiliation with CRSI reflects the NCCA member churches’ commitment to a just and welcoming Australia, including their support for community sponsorship and the work of CRSI.

Our shared vision

  • Individuals and organisations from the Australian community should be permitted and encouraged to sponsor the resettlement of refugees in Australia.
  • Candidates for sponsorship should include refugees referred by UNHCR, those with family in Australia and those who have secured employment opportunities in Australia.
  • Community groups and governments should work together in designing Australia’s community sponsorship program, to ensure its success and viability.
  • Community refugee sponsorship should supplement, not supplant, government-funded resettlement programs and both public and privately funded humanitarian migration programs should grow over time in response to growing global need.

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