Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP)
A new refugee sponsorship program for Australia!
An opportunity to act locally – as part of a growing global movement
The CRISP is inspired by the successful community refugee sponsorship program operating in Canada since the late 1970s, which has enabled more than 325,000 refugees to build a new life in Canada, in addition to those resettled under the government-funded resettlement program. Similar programs are now being implemented in many countries around the world, including the UK, US, NZ and Ireland.
Visas for refugees made available under the CRISP are currently drawn from Australia’s annual humanitarian intake of 13,750 places per year. The Albanese Government has stated on multiple occasions that it intends in the future to make community sponsored programs like the CRISP ‘additional’ to this quota. We are optimistic that this change will be made in mid 2023.
How does it work?
Hear from some everyday Australians who have put their hands up to welcome and support refugees to settle in their communities.
What types of support do community supporter groups provide?
How do I get involved?
Find out more about the program
Make sure this program is right for you by learning more about what’s involved:
- Attend an information session – register for upcoming live info sessions via our events page or watch this pre-recorded information session
- Read the CRISP Application Guidebook
- Read the CRISP Settlement Guidebook
Form a group
If you are an individual looking to find others in your area to form a group with, please post your interest on the CRSA Facebook group and check out our 5 tips on forming a group.
Register your group's 'Intention to Apply'
Let us know that your group is intending to submit a more formal application by registering your ‘Intention to Apply.’
Where is the program active?
If your group is missing, our apologies! Feel free to alert us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you register your group’s ‘Intention to Apply’ CRSA will be in touch.
CRISP application form
All group members will need to provide background checks as part of their application. Read our resource about applying for national police checks and working with children checks.
Invitation to training
The CRISP is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.
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