Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP)

The CRISP will allow groups of everyday Australians to get involved in welcoming refugees into their local community from ‘day one’ of their Australian journey.

Finally – a new refugee sponsorship program for Australia!

After years of research, advocacy and imagining, Australia finally has a new community refugee sponsorship program. In December 2021 the federal government announced its plans to partner with CRSA in the design and delivery of the ‘CRISP’ program – the Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot – a four year program starting in mid 2022. The program will support 1,500 refugees from 2022 to 2025.

An opportunity to be part of a 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.

The CRISP will allow groups of everyday Australians (including those in regional communities) to get involved in welcoming refugees into their local area from ‘day one’ of their Australian journey, and to continue to provide them with practical hands-on support throughout their first twelve months.

How does it work?

A group of five or more adult volunteers (known as a ‘Community Supporter Group’ or ‘CSG’) will provide 12 months of practical hands-on support to a refugee household from their date of arrival in Australia. CSGs can be based in a community anywhere in Australia, provided they can demonstrate capacity to provide appropriate support to a refugee household within that community.

Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) will approve, train and support CSGs and connect them with a refugee household referred into CRISP.

Refugee participants in this program will be those referred to Australia for resettlement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees having been identified as in urgent need of resettlement. They could come from a wide variety of countries and may have been waiting for the opportunity to resettle in a safe new country for a long time.

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?

  • local orientation, including meeting refugees at the airport
  • enrolling children in school
  • finding housing
  • registering with government services
  • accessing social opportunities and emotional support
  • opening bank accounts
  • learning English
  • using public transport
  • getting a drivers license
  • finding a job or starting a business

How do I get involved?

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Find out more about what's involved

Make sure this program is right for you:

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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.

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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.’

Next steps…

After your group registers their Intention to Apply CRSA will be in touch with:

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CRISP application form

We’ll send a detailed application form for you and your group to complete

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Invitation to Training

We’ll send you an invitation to join our training workshops (information about upcoming training dates is available here)

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.