Community Support Programme — establishment - Budget 2017-18

This measure will establish the Community Support Programme (CSP).

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the tabling of regulation.

Description of the Measure

This measure will establish the Community Support Programme (CSP).

The CSP will allow individuals, families, businesses and community groups to propose holders of Global Special Humanitarian visa subclass 202 for migration to Australia. Up to 1,000 places in the permanent Humanitarian Programme for 2017‑18 will be available for the CSP.

CSP entrants will have access to social security and Medicare. However, proposers will be required to support the settlement of these entrants for 12 months after their arrival in Australia, including providing an Assurance of Support. If the entrant needs to claim certain social security payments, such as Newstart Allowance, within their first 12 months in Australia, the proposer will repay these payments.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure will affect both the holders of Global Special Humanitarian visa subclass 202 who migrate to Australia through the Community Support Programme and their assurers.     

What date will this measure start and finish?

The measure will start on 1 July 2017 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017