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Update 26/03/18: We’re making progress! The ACT Government just passed a motion calling on the Federal Government to expand the refugee community sponsorship program. Now we need other State Governments to add their support – please join nearly 11,000 other petition signers and help us get to 12,000!

Call on the Australian Government to expand and improve community sponsorship for refugees – so that more families can rebuild their lives in safety.

At the moment, people fleeing danger in their homelands have very few options to find safety. We need to provide people with better, safer ways to seek asylum.

Community sponsorship – where everyday people in the community choose to contribute towards the costs of resettling a refugee – has worked in Canada for over 40 years. Together Canadians have helped 280,000 refugees find safety. It can work in Australia as well.

Australia’s current proposed community sponsorship model is limited and expensive. It costs a minimum of 19,000 dollars just for the application alone, making it very difficult for average Australians to help. And for each privately sponsored refugee, the government wants to take one place away from their own refugee quota – depriving a person of the help they desperately need.

We’re a decent country, and our communities are well-equipped to offer solutions like community sponsorship. Together we have already campaigned to achieve 150 self-declared refugee welcome zones across the country, home to refugees with incredible stories of sacrifice, courage and contribution.

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  Our Petition

To the Honourable Minister Dutton and Members of the House of Representatives,

We recognise there are currently only a few pathways for refugees to find a safe home in Australia.

One of them is community-led resettlement through community sponsorship.

To fully harness community generosity that can help refugees, Australia’s sponsorship program needs to be designed in a way that encourages, not hinders, more people to take part, and that expands Australia’s current refugee intake.

It needs to be expanded.

It needs to be improved.

Right now, we have the opportunity to help celebrate the refugees in our communities and call for sponsorship of others who want to call our community home, when it is no longer safe for them to continue living in theirs.

These are people who are like us. Refugees are our neighbours. Refugees play in our teams. Refugees volunteer in our communities. These are people who have lost their homes, their loved ones and life as they knew it.

Our new neighbours are asking for our help. We are calling on you to build a more generous and more accessible Community Support Program. It must:

  1. Not take places from others in need
  2. Provide adequate support and services
  3. Limit costs
  4. Allow community, family and businesses to act as sponsors
  5. Create more places for people in need of protection to settle in Australia

As a generous country we can and should do more.

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