The Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative is a joint project of the Refugee Council of Australia, Amnesty International Australia, Save the Children Australia, Welcome to Australia, Rural Australians for Refugees and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce.
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.