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.


MCCSA Community Transport Forum 2015



Mo - welcome

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.”


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.