Submission on the Proposed Pilot of a Private/Community Refugee Sponsorship Program

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

On 8 May 2012, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, announced the government would be seeking the community’s views on a private sponsorship pilot program (“the program”) by way of discussion paper dated 20 June 2012.  The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society (“the Society”) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the program.

The Society witnesses firsthand the benefits of Australia’s Humanitarian Program to those needing long‐term protection and to the broader Australian community which is enriched by the contributions, knowledge and culture of new community members.