Community Support Program (CSP)

The Community Support Program (CSP) was introduced by the Australian Federal Government in July 2017 with the aim of fostering community involvement and support for offshore refugees. The program provided an avenue for communities, businesses, families, and individuals to actively participate in the resettlement process by offering support to refugees both during their visa application process and later in their settlement pathway in Australia.

Under the CSP, eligible individuals and families who were seeking refuge from conflicts or humanitarian crises overseas could receive sponsorship from community organizations, businesses, or individuals within Australia. These sponsors played a crucial role in supporting refugees throughout their resettlement journey.

Community Support Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the CSP you must:

  • Be outside of your home county and outside of Australia;
  • Be subject to significant discrimination in your home country;
  • Satisfy all Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202) criteria;
  • Be aged between 18 and 50;
  • Have adequate English skills to be demonstrated in an interview; and
  • Have a valid job offer or skills to obtain a job.

If you meet the above requirements, you must engage with an Approved Proposing Organisation (APO). APO(s)  are organisations that have appointed by the Department of Home Affairs to assist people CSP. 

You can find the list of current APO(s) in the following Department of Home Affairs website:

To learn about accessing the services offered by a Community Support Program or supporting your local Community Support Program, book a free 15-minute consultation with us.

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