This post was originally published by CRSI on May 10th, 2019 and is archived. Learn more here.
In early 2018, a number of concerned organisations joined together to form the Community Refugee Sponsorship
Initiative (CRSI) – the Refugee Council of Australia, Save the Children Australia, Amnesty International Australia, the
Welcome to Australia initiative, Rural Australians for Refugees and the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce. In March 2019, CRSI released their position paper titled ‘A New Model for Community Refugee Sponsorship in Australia’.
This paper begins with an executive summary, going on to cover:
- Our concerns with the current Community Support Program
- What lessons can Australia learn from Canada?
- A Better Way: The Proposed Model, which answers questions like
- Who can be sponsored?
- Who can become a sponsor?
- Who pays for what and how much should it cost?
- What is a Supporting Community Organisation (SCO)?
- What resources, training, and support are made available?