The following listing provides links to state government, Commonwealth and key community service organisations with responsibilities for multicultural affairs and services that support our diverse communities. It is not a comprehensive list of all multicultural community and support services available.
South Australian Government
Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS brings together a range of services, funding and policy responsibilities which together support safety, equality, opportunity and justice across South Australia. It has lead responsibility on behalf of the South Australian government in the areas of disability policy, funding and services; youth justice; domestic violence; problem gambling; screening services and disaster recovery. DHS also provides a wide range of grants to community organisations and leads the government's agenda to build thriving communities and promote resilience. DHS has lead policy responsibility in relation to women; youth; volunteers and carers.
It also includes the Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) employing qualified translators and interpreters experienced in most of the community and commercial languages of South Australia.
Immigration SA is an agency within the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment and is responsible for skilled and business migration to South Australia. It also works with the Department of Home Affairs to attract eligible skilled and business migrants through state-nominated visa programs. State nomination is a pathway to permanent residency in South Australia.
The Migration Museum
The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. The Migration Museum is operated by the History Trust of South Australia.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
DFAT helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. It provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government and works with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.
DFAT also provides a list of Consuls in or that have responsibility for South Australia and a list of foreign embassies and consulates in Australia.
Department of Home Affairs
Department of Home Affairs brings together Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions, working together to keep Australia safe.
It also includes the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) an interpreting service for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.
Department of Human Services
Department of Human Services delivers payments and associated services on behalf of partner agencies; and provides related advice to government on social welfare, health and child support service delivery policy. Payments and services including Centrelink, child support, aged care payments, Medicare, and the whole-of-government myGov service and more.
It includes a Multicultural Service Officers team who provide specialist help for migrant and refugee communities to connect with their services.
Department of Social Services
Department of Social Services' mission is to improve the well-being of individuals and families in Australian communities.
AMES Australia provides practical support to refugees in their first 18 months in Australia. Services include on-arrival settlement support, placement in short term accommodation and help with finding long term accommodation, linking to essential services such as Centrelink, Medicare, banking, schools and health care services, referral to English language and literacy training and vocational education and training.
Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC)
AMRC is an independent, non-government, leading settlement agency that supports the effective settlement and participation of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Australian Refugee Association (ARA)
ARA provides advice, assistance, advocacy and practical support to people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds including settlement, migration, employment and youth services, and public education, policy and advocacy.
Ethnic Schools Association
This organisation supports ethnic schools in South Australia with accreditation and funding.
Legal Service Commission
In South Australia, just as everyone is required to live and obey the law, they are also entitled to have the law protect their rights and interests. The Legal Service Commission was established for people who are unable to afford to pay for private legal representation.
Multicultural Aged Care (MAC)
MAC aims to strengthen the ethnic community's capacity to develop and manage the care of their older people and to support and assist service providers to give Cultural and Linguistically Diverse older people the services of their choice.
Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA)
MCCSA supports and advocates for all people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to help them realise their full potential as active contributors economically, socially and culturally within the wider the South Australian community.
Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA)
MYSA works towards a community where all young people are equipped with the resources and opportunities to participate in social, cultural, economic and political life.
PEACE Multicultural Services (Personal Education And Community Empowerment)
This service supports and assists individuals, families and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to lead balanced and healthy lives.
Relationships Australia is a provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities to achieve positive and respectful relationships and offer services around the country that include counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs.
Welcome to Australia
Welcome to Australia is committed to creating a more welcoming and inclusive Australia and engages everyday Australians in the task of cultivating a culture of welcome in Australia.