The Community Placement Network (CPN) is an initiative of the Australian Homestay Network (AHN), offering transitional accommodation (six weeks only) to eligible asylum seekers exiting immigration detention on a Bridging visa. This is a temporary visa, granted by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, allowing a person to live in the Australian community while they await resolution of their immigration status. Asylum seekers who arrive unauthorised by air or sea may be granted a Bridging visa while their immigration case is resolved.
Since its establishment on 8 May 2012, CPN has accommodated over 220 eligible clients nationally.
Hosts have given very positive feedback on their experience. In particular, the opportunity to learn about respective cultures and the rewarding experience of assisting asylum seekers with community orientation and establishing themselves in the community.
Many hosts have been able to assist their guests with the search for medium term accommodation, access to free English classes, employment and voluntary work.
Building on its initial success, the CPN will expand its host pool on a national basis including greater regional CPN capacity.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a CPN host you may wish to visit the CPN website
to find out more information and how to apply.