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The CRISP relies on the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, who have stepped up and shown that community sponsorship can work in Australia.

CRISP factsheet

Last updated December 2022 | Feature photo: Mark Isaacs 

What is the CRISP?

  • The Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot – known as the CRISP – is Australia’s new refugee sponsorship program.
  • The first refugees arrived in August 2022 following the launch of the program in mid 2022.
  • CRSA is funded by the Commonwealth Government to deliver the CRISP around Australia.
  • The CRISP is inspired by the successful Canadian community refugee sponsorship program operating since the late 1970s, which has enabled more than 325,000 refugees to build a new life in Canada. Similar programs are now being implemented in around a dozen countries around the world, including the UK, US, NZ and Ireland. 
  • Globally, there are now more than 32.5 million refugees, with more than 2 million predicted by the UNHCR to be in need of resettlement in 2023. The number of available global resettlement opportunities is grossly inadequate to meet this need, but community sponsorship programs are helping to increase this number.

Who benefits from the program?

  • The Australian government selects refugees to participate in the program, drawing on those identified by the UNHCR as being in most urgent need of resettlement
  • Refugees arrive as permanent residents eligible for government-funded English classes, Centrelink support, Medicare and most other federal, state and local services. 

How do volunteers get involved?

  • To participate, Australians need to:
    • form a local ‘Community Supporter Group’ or CSG of five or more adults;
    • provide clear police and working with children checks;
    • undergo some initial training; and
    • commit to 12 months of practical hands-on support, including some fundraising.
  • CSGs can be based in a community anywhere in Australia.

What does the CSG do?

CSGs offer 12 months of practical hands-on support to the new arrivals. This includes: 

  • Fundraising for income support for the first 1-2 weeks 
  • Providing temporary accommodation for 4-6 weeks
  • Meeting the new arrivals at the airport
  • Helping the new arrivals to:
    • Apply for  a bank account
    • Register for Centrelink support and other government services
    • Enroll children in school 
    • Access language classes
  • Local orientation including using public transport
  • Providing access to social opportunities and emotional support
  • Helping the new arrivals to secure long-term housing 

Further support is driven by the new arrivals’ aspirations and could include help with getting a driver’s license, finding a job or starting a business, with an overall aim of self-sufficiency.

How many have been supported?

As at December 2022, 100 people (23 households) have been matched with CSGs and 18 refugee households have already arrived in Australia under the program. We expect to match another 325 individuals (approximately 70 to 80 households) with CSGs by June 2023, and another 1075 before June 2025.

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