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

The BSL’s Community Support Program (CSP) is at its full capacity and is currently not receiving new Expressions of Interest (EOI). If you wish to be notified when the BSL CSP program opens again, please register your interest by emailing csp-visa(at) with your contact details so you can be notified when the program opens again. The Department of Home Affairs lists other Approved Proposing Organisations who may be receiving EOIs.

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

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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