Community Support Program 

The CSP enables communities and businesses, as well as families and individuals, to propose off-shore humanitarian visa applicants with employment prospects to apply for a permanent visa in Australia. The CSP also supports new humanitarian entrants with their settlement goals to achieve financial independence within 12 months of their arrival in Australia.

Over the last 5 years, the Community Proposal Pilot has provided an additional settlement pathway for people in humanitarian situations overseas, who had strong community ties and capacity in Australia. The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been proud to assist 450 people over four years to settle in Australia and reunite with their families. During the trial, Approved Proposing Organisations such as the Brotherhood have worked with communities to identify people to propose for settlement in Australia, supporting their application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa. For successful applicants, settlement support has been provided to help them adjust to life in Australia. The Pilot has now become the new Community Support Program.

Community Support Program

The Australian Government’s Community Support Program (CSP) for the financial year 2017-2018 has commenced. The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has been appointed as an Approved Organisation (APO). The government has allocated 1000 visa places for CSP nationwide each year for the next five years.

BSL is now open to receive Expressions of Interest (EOI) until 19th April, for visa applications for the 2017-18 CSP program.

If you would like to engage BSL as an APO, please email us on csp-visa(at) so we can send you information about the application process and fees, along with the Expression of Interest form to complete.

Take a look at the Case assessment and fee structure diagram. (PDF 337kb)

What will happen to current CPP cases that are still being processed?

All current CPP applications will be processed and finally determined by the Department of Home Affairs and will not be affected by the change to the CSP.

Current APOs will still play their roles in overseeing the processing of all on-hand CPP cases and the subsequent settlement of arrivals through the CPP.


Department of Home Affairs.

Contact us

Multicultural Communities Team
Epping Community Services Hub
713 High Street, Epping, Victoria 3076
Phone: (03) 9422 5650
Email: csp-visa(at)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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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.