Community Support Program 

The Community Support Program (CSP) is an Australian Government refugee settlement program enabling individuals, communities and businesses to support off-shore refugees with visa applications and a settlement pathway in Australia.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is authorised by the Department of Home Affairs as an Approved Proposing Organisation (APO) and has been proud to assist over 450 people in the last five years to settle in Australia and reunite with their families. The CSP was previously the Community Proposal Project and was set up in 2013.

In our APO role we work 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 is provided to help adjust to life in Australia.

The Brotherhood’s role as an APO includes

  • screening potential applicants for eligibility
  • linking applicants with secure employment and community support
  • managing the visa application process
  • ensuring the provision and management of settlement services to entrants after their arrival in Australia
  • helping entrants become financially independent within the first 12 months of their arrival.

Community Support Program

Expression of Interest for Department of Home Affairs’ Community Support Program (CSP) is now open

BSL’s Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the CSP is now open and will remain so until further notice.

All interested Australian Supporters (community members, organisations, businesses and potential employers) must complete an EOI form at the link below and submit.

Once the EOI screening process is completed BSL will contact the Australian Supporters with successful EOIs, to begin the process of formal visa application. Unsuccessful EOIs will also be notified via email. 

BSL will only assess EOIs that are submitted through the completion of the online form, and not by any other means.

Due to the high demand for the CSP, not all EOIs will progress to a formal application. Only those cases who meet all the eligibility criteria will progress.

Please read the “Terms and Conditions” carefully before you start completing the EOI form.

Take a look at the Case assessment and fee structure diagram. (PDF 337kb)
Please note: all associated fees are non-refundable.

Complete the Expression of Interest form here.


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.
Current APOs will still process current CPP cases and the subsequent settlement of people in the program.


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.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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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.

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