CAPSA Newsletter March 2022

Dear CAPSA community,

We begin this newsletter with positive news. Firstly, the Morrison Government has announced that 16,500 additional places will be provided to refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan under the 2022-23 Federal Budget. We would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of diaspora leaders through the Action for Afghanistan campaign. Through close collaboration with this diaspora-led campaign, as well as Christians United for Afghanistan led by Micah Australia, the CAPSA community has advocated persistently for these additional places.

Secondly, the Australian and New Zealand Governments have come to an agreement to resettle 450 refugees who have been held in Australian offshore detention. They will be resettled in New Zealand over the next three years. It has been almost a decade since New Zealand first proposed the resettlement deal.

In the remainder of this newsletter you’ll find a number of updates on the conflict in Ukraine, the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as well as updates regarding other key issues. We also provide an overview of how you can get involved with the Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia’s Group Mentorship Program.

Wishing you a safe and happy Easter period.

In solidarity,

The CAPSA team

Federal Budget 2022-23: 16,500 additional places for refugees from Afghanistan, but more is needed for refugees and people seeking asylum

  • Action for Afghanistan has welcomed the announcement of an additional 16,500 humanitarian places over four years for refugees fleeing Afghanistan.
  • This announcement comes after almost eight months of dedicated community campaigning for the Federal Government to do more to support those affected by the Afghanistan crisis.
  • Key points from the Federal Budget 2022-23:

    • The Government will provide $665.9 million over four years from 2022-23 for an additional 16,500 humanitarian places for Afghan nationals across the 4 years from 2022-23, to address the anticipated need for places.
    • The Government will allocate $1.28 billion in 2022-23 to onshore detention and compliance. This is an increase of $20.6 million compared with spending in 2021-22.
    • With just 112 refugees and people seeking asylum currently held on Nauru, the Government will allocate $482.5 million to its offshore processing policy in 2022-23.
  • CAPSA published a media release commending the Federal Government for providing additional humanitarian places, but expressed concern in relation to the ongoing funding allocations for onshore and offshore processing.
  • CAPSA’s Federal Budget media release echoed the responses of the Refugee Council of Australia, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and other organisations across the sector.

After almost a decade, New Zealand resettlement deal finally accepted!

UNHCR estimate that 3.5 million have crossed Ukraine borders, with 6.5 million internally displaced

Afghanistan humanitarian crisis worsens

Newly arrived refugees seeking support from Australian community, CRSA calls for volunteers 

  • Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) has put a call out for volunteers to provide practical support for newly arrived Afghan refugees in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Toowoomba as part of their Group Mentorship Program (GMP).
  • Participating in the program involves:
    • Getting together a group of five or more adults who live in your town/city;
    • Undertaking six hours of training on how to provide practical support to newly arrived refugees (two online workshops);
    • Submitting clear police and working with children checks; and
    • Being matched up with a newly arrived refugee household who your group will then provide practical support to over a 6 to 12-month period.
  • You can read more about the GMP on the CRSA website here. If you’re interested in finding out more, CRSA will also be holding a number of information sessions:
  • 7pm AEST 13 April 2022
  • 1pm AEST 1 June 2022


Other News and Updates

Upcoming Events and Actions

  • Take part in the national day of action on Palm Sunday 2022, at your local Palm Sunday Rally! Check out your local rally on the Australian Refugee Advocacy Network events page.  
  • Email your local MP ahead of the upcoming election, and urge the Federal Government to reinstate the humanitarian visas that have been lost since 2020 through the Refugee Council of Australia’s online advocacy action.
  • The Australian Human Rights Institute has a number of upcoming webinars on the situation in Afghanistan. Upcoming sessions include ‘Protecting the Vulnerable – Refugees and Internally Displaced People’ and ‘Healthcare in Danger’.
  • The ‘Fair Go for Refugees’ online forum run by the Australian Refugee Advocacy Network will be held on Wednesday 6th April ahead of the Walk for Justice and Freedom for Refugees.



  • The Monthly’s opinion piece on Australia’s long-anticipated acceptance of the New Zealand resettlement deal.



  • The 7am Podcast episode, released earlier this month, takes a look into the concerning progression of the Strengthening the Character Test Bill and explores how the Morrison Government has deported more than 4,000 non-citizens since the last election.