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?
How do I get involved?
Find out more about what's involved
Make sure this program is right for you:
- Attend a live information session – via zoom (register for upcoming sessions via our events page here) or register for and watch this pre-recorded information session
- Read the CRISP Guidebook
CRISP application form
We’ll send a detailed application form for you and your group to complete
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.