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.
- Sanctuary Australia Foundation. Since 1987, Sanctuary has helped thousands of refugees with accommodation, furniture, food, clothing and other settlement support in Australia. Sanctuary’s work aligns with CRSI’s mission to see Australian community members assist in sponsoring new refugees.
CRSI’s Steering Committee currently comprises the following individuals:
- Libby Lloyd AM, Chair
- Lisa Button, Executive Director
- Brad Chilcott, Founder, Welcoming Australia (CRSI Member)
- Tim O’Connor, Impact Manager, Amnesty International Australia (CRSI Member)
- Paul Power, CEO, Refugee Council of Australia (CRSI Member)
- Mat Tinkler, Director of Policy and International Programs, Save the Children Australia (CRSI Member)
- Louise Redmond, President, Rural Australians for Refugees (CRSI Affiliate)
- Liz Stone, Associate General Secretary, National Council of Churches in Australia (auspicing organisation for the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce – a CRSI Affiliate)
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.