The Brotherhood is assessing Expressions of Interest for the 2016/2017 Pilot. Once the assessment is finished, we will contact community members and supporting organisations to advise whether their Expression of Interest has progressed to the formal application stage. There has been a very high demand for the 500 places allocated for 2016/17.
The Community Proposal Pilot provides an additional settlement pathway for people in humanitarian situations overseas, who have strong community ties and capacity in Australia.
Under the trial organisations such as the Brotherhood of St Laurence have worked with communities to identify people to propose for settlement in Australia. They then support their application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa, and if the visa application is successful, ensure that settlement services are provided to help them settle well in Australia.
Community members contribute substantially towards the processing of visa applications and the cost of settlement, as well as the provision of practical settlement support. Successful visa applicants are granted permanent humanitarian visas.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides further information.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has a Deed of Agreement with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and other well-established community organisations to become an Approved Proposing Organisation (APO).
The Brotherhood and other Approved Proposing Organisations are not provided with any funding from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to take part in the Pilot.
The Brotherhood has chosen to take part in the Pilot because we have a long history – through our Multicultural Communities Team – of piloting new approaches and testing innovative programs in the areas of settlement and multiculturalism. We know that some migrant communities have the means to provide a substantial contribution to the settlement of family and fellow community members caught in humanitarian situations overseas.
This Pilot will not be the right option for all communities, and is not intended for the most vulnerable of applicants who require intensive case management and government-funded services on arrival. However, it will meet the needs of some people in overseas humanitarian situations, and of those communities wishing to settle and support them here in Australia.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence will act as the Proposer on the humanitarian visa application, and develop formal arrangements with Supporting Community Organisations to ensure the successful delivery of the Pilot. Supporting Community Organisations are community groups or organisations that will identify people to apply for a refugee and humanitarian visa, assist in completing the application process, and if the visa is granted, help them to settle in Australia.
For further information on all the Approved Proposing Organisations taking part in the Pilot, please visit the joint APO website.
Read more about the roles of Approved Proposing Organisations and Supporting Community Organisations, and eligibility criteria, on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Multicultural Communities TeamEpping Community Services Hub713 High Street, Epping, Victoria 3076Phone: (03) 9422 5650Email: mct(at)bsl.org.au
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.