The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak organisation that efficiently services, innovatively empowers and strongly advocates for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia.



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Welcome Australia Appoints first CEO

MCCSA congratulates Mohammad Al-Khafaji as Welcome to Australia’s new CEO.

Mohammad works at Bridgestone Australia as a Business Analyst and is also the Youth Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia and sits on the Board of Multicultural Youth South Australia (MYSA). He was amongst Welcome to Australia’s first volunteers.

The President of the MCCSA, Helena Kyriazopoulos welcomes the appointment of Mohammad Al-Khafaji as the new CEO of Welcome to Australia. “We look forward to collaborating with Mo and the Welcome to Australia Team, exciting times are ahead.”

Multicultural Charity Dinner for Nepal’s Earthquake Survivors

Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia would like to support the Adelaide Nepalese societies who are hosting a Charity Dinner Friday 12 June 2015, 5.30pm – 10pm at the Latvian Hall 4 Clark Street Wayville SA 5034.

Adelaide Nepalese Society Multicultural Dinner

National Awards for Local Government winners announced

Standout achievers in local government have been recognised with the announcement of category winners for the 2015 National Awards for Local Government 21st April 2015.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the awards were an annual celebration of local governments’ achievements in delivering targeted, quality services to Australians in urban and regional communities.

“I congratulate all the nominees for this year’s awards,” Mr Truss said.

“The calibre of this year’s entries was outstanding, so much so that in addition to the winning entries, a number of projects have been highly commended.

“The entries are a credit to all those who contributed to delivering the various projects, which are all making a significant difference in their respective areas.”

The category winners were:

The Northern Territory’s Barkly Regional Council for the Barkly Desert Cultures in the Arts Animates—excellence in community engagement and participation category;

The Northern Territory’s Central Desert Regional Council for its Creating great landfills in central Australia remote Aboriginal communities’ project in the Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure category;

Victoria’s Northern Grampians Shire Council for From Italy to Stawell—the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory in the Contributing to Regional Growth category;

Victoria’s Maroondah City Council for Changing Places – Changing Lives in the Disability Access and Inclusion category;

Victoria’s South Gippsland Shire Council for Gippsland Safe Freight Network in the Excellence in Road Safety category;

Western Australia’s Shire of Kulin for Camp Kulin in the Strength in Diversity category;

New South Wales’s Parkes Shire Council for its Bushman’s Hill Indigenous Project in the Promoting Indigenous Recognition category; and

Victoria’s Mildura Rural City Council for Flexible Learning Options (FLO) Connect in the Youth Employment category.

Mr Truss will announce the winner of the 2015 National Award for Excellence in Local Government in Canberra on 16 June 2015.


Adelaide 2040

What’s Adelaide going to be like in the next 25 years?

The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is partnering with Adelaide City Council to invite interested people living or working in the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide to a discussion forum to help inform the development of Council’s major plans for the future of Adelaide.

Picture Adelaide 2040 is a significant Council engagement project that will inform the development of five plans: the Adelaide 2040 Plan, the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 215-2019, Market District Planning, the Park Lands Strategy, and the City of Adelaide Planning Strategy.

Last year, Picture Adelaide 2040 asked everyone to tell them about their favourite places in the City and their vision for the City’s future. Picture Adelaide 2040 is now seeking to meet with key advocacy groups to explore what Adelaide could be like by 2040 and what is needed to make it happen, both across the City and Park Lands.

Picture Adelaide 2040 is keen to capture the perspective of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who may not be represented at other forums.

Council would be delighted if you could join them for an opportunity to provide input into their plans and to hear what others are saying:

Tuesday 28 April 2015

5.30pm to 7.30pm

Council Administration 25 Pirie St Adelaide

Places are limited so RSVP your attendance to Kristin Johansson at caasa@mccsa.org.au or ring MCCSA on 8345 5266.

To get a head start, you can jump online at pictureadelaide.com.au to read the Picture Adelaide Themes and Questions Paper and join the online discussion forums.

Submissions – Commonwealth Home Support Programme April 2015

Some of the proposed changes in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme such the social support group fees have the potential to be very detrimental for South Australia’s CALD communities. MCCSA and members of its CALD Ageing Alliance have worked together to produce this response. 538 CALD community members from the Italian, Greek, Dutch, German, Croatian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese communities responded to a survey to provide evidence of the benefit of social support groups and 470 people signed a petition calling for a review of fees for social support groups. For more information please read the following three responses.

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance Response to National Fees Consultation Paper

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance Response to CHSP Programme Manual

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance response to CHSP Good Practice Guide for Restorative Care Approaches

If you would like to sign a copy of the Petition please download and forward it to Kristin Johansson 113 Gilbert St Adelaide SA 5000

MCCSA response to Reclaim Australia Rally

The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) is extremely disappointed with the reclaim Australia rallies held all over Australia including South Australia over the weekend. We strongly believe as Australians we should embrace our diversity and use its richness and values to build a strong society that will stand as one in the face of all adversity.

Helena Kyriazopoulos, President of the MCCSA said she is deeply concerned about the negative impact these rallies are having on our multicultural communities. She said these are times when we should be an example to the rest of the world.  “We should be improving relationships in our communities rather than generating divisive environs which would only serve to create tensions and mistrust in our communities”.  “The message from these rallies does not help to bring us together if anything at all it leads to division within our society. People have a right to express their view but not at the expense of alienating others in our society”. Australians have on several occasions rallied in support of our Muslim communities and other minority groups allaying the fear that they are unwanted. However, the Reclaim Australia rally undermines these efforts and sets us back in our bid for a harmonious multicultural society.

It is well documented and celebrated that Australia as a nation has much to thank its migrant population over the past 100 years. As a country Australia has evolved as one of the most advanced nations of our times.  Considering the positive contribution of migrants to our society it is important that we reach out to all members of our multicultural community and promote harmony and acceptance for all.

The MCCSA would like to reaffirm our position in support of a harmonious multicultural Australia where people from all walks of life, religion or race are welcome to live and pursue their dreams.

Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced and, fair and reasonable fees set

The fees proposed in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme – National Fees Policy Consultation Paper are too expensive and will destroy community programs in South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities because people will be unable to meet these costs. These programs reduce social isolation, help us maintain our own culture and help reduce depression and mental problems in our community.

At present under the fee paper for a 3 hours day centre program (social support group) with a meal if we are on a full pension we would be asked to pay:

  • 3 hours of social support at $9 an hour = $27
  • 2 one way transport trips for under 20 kilometres at $5 each way = $10
  • One meal at $9 plus the cost of ingredients

This would be over $46 for one group session.

If you are worried about these proposed aged care changes to the commmonwealt home support programme sign this Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced, and fair and reasonable fees set  and send it back to Kristin Johansson via email to caasa@mccsa.org.au or post to 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

 MCCSA strongly believe that it is important that we have affordable social support programs for South Australians from a CALD background!!


Landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from CALD Backgrounds released

18 March 2015

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) released its landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Despite increasing numbers of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, research about this group has only been sporadic.  As a response, FECCA worked with the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, to review the Australian research on older people from CALD backgrounds. The report was launched by the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison MP, at the Parliament House in Canberra, at an event hosted by the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and the Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent. The aims of the review were to identify the existing research evidence base about older CALD Australians and to identify gaps in the research, covering four broad topic areas:

  • older people from CALD backgrounds in general;
  • older people from CALD backgrounds with dementia;
  • ageing and mental health issues for people from CALD backgrounds; and
  • CALD carers and carers of older people from CALD backgrounds.

The review report highlights that older people from CALD backgrounds are not a homogeneous group and therefore meeting their needs is highly complex.  Many older people from CALD backgrounds have higher levels of disadvantage and other risk factors than older Anglo-Australians. Speaking at the event, FECCA Chair, Joe Caputo, said: “The review is unique in that it has for the first time systematically identified current evidence and gaps in research on older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia.” “This is a significant start and, we hope, it will guide policy makers, researchers, and service providers in promoting better practice, stronger collaborative partnerships and better outcomes for all older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Joe Caputo concluded. To view the report, click here.  To view the factsheets accompanying the report, click here.

Media Comments:  Joe Caputo, FECCA Chair – 0419 173 122, or the FECCA Office – (02) 6282 5755, media@fecca.org.au.