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Civil Society Pledge

A pledge from the Australian community to support refugee sponsorship

Many ordinary Australians across the country wish to help people fleeing conflict and persecution rebuild their lives in safety and help refugee newcomers use their strengths and attributes to contribute to the success of the Australian communities who welcome them.

Community sponsorship of refugees is a way of involving ordinary citizens in supporting and welcoming refugees in a way that ensures their full social and economic inclusion.  It’s been tried and tested for decades in Canada and now being adopted in many other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

Through community sponsorship refugees benefit from intensive, individualised and holistic support provided by committed local volunteers.  Local communities uncover and build capacities and networks, with local citizens connecting with one another through the bond of a powerful shared purpose. Sponsorship can also help regional communities wishing to attract migrants to boost their populations and expand their workforces.

On the occasion of the inaugural Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, we welcome the Australian government’s commitment to undertake a much-needed review of this policy area and we pledge to actively support the development of a community refugee sponsorship program in Australia which is:

Co-designed with community groups and refugees

Affordable to sponsors

Accessible to refugees in most urgent need of resettlement

Engages a broad cross-section of the Australian community

Provides a way of expanding Australia’s resettlement program

We encourage other organisations to join this open and on-going pledge to see this vision realised before the next Global Refugee Forum in 2023.

To add your organisation to this pledge please click here

Endorsed by the following organisations (as of 20 December 2019):


Afghan Fajar Association Incorporated


Alfred Deakin Institute


Amnesty International Australia


Armidale Sanctuary Humanitarian Settlement, Inc.


Asylum Seekers Centre


Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce


Australian Multicultural Foundation


Bridge for Asylum Seekers


Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project


Brotherhood of St Laurence


Canberra Baptist Church


Canberra Refugee Support Inc.


Catholic Social Services Victoria


CatholicCare Social Services Western Sydney & Blue Mountains


Central Victorian Refugee Support Network


Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University


Centre for Multicultural Youth


Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative


Coromandel Valley Uniting


Council of Churches Western Australia Inc.


Critical and ethical Mental Health research group, University of Adelaide


Diaspora Action Australia




Gippsland Multicultural Service Inc


International Society for Human Rights Australia Inc


Jesuit Social Services


Kyogle Quakers and Kyogle Spiritual Soiree Group.


Lanka Lions Cricket Club Inc


Lismore Amnesty Vigil Group


Makassar Refugee Learning Partnership


Mercy Community


Metro Assist Limited


Migrant Youth Advocacy Network


Mountains Anglican Refugee Network


MRC North West


Multicultural Australia


Multicultural Services Centre of WA

Naked Emperor


National Council of Churches in Australia


NSW Ecumenical Council Incorporated


Om Dhungel Consulting


Our Race


Overseas Services to Survivors of Torture and Trauma


Oxfam Australia


Pottsville Refugee Support group


Quakers Australia


Queensland Churches Together


Queensland Congregational Fellowship


Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)


Refugee Council of Australia


Regional Council of the Temple Society Australia (as a free-thinking Christian-based faith community, we cannot speak on behalf of all our TSA members)


Regional Opportunities Australia


Romero Centre


Rural Australians for Refugees Daylesford


Save the Children Australia


Serbian Community Association of Australia Inc


Settlement Services International


Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia


Sidney Myer Fund


Sisters of the Good Samaritan


South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees


Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre


Sydney Multicultural Community Services


Tasmanian Refugee Rights Action Group


The Generous and the Grateful


The Salvation Army Australia


The Tasmania Opportunity


Uniting Church Action for Society and Environment


Uniting Church in Australia Assembly


Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania


Victorian Council of Churches


Welcoming Australia


Whittlesea Community Connections


Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House Inc.

Wyndham Community and Education Centre

The above information will give you means how you can help Australia charities or be part of them.


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