October 22, 2018 in MCCSA

Australians from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background have a lower participation rate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

An estimated 83,000 people from CALD backgrounds living with a disability are eligible for the NDIS – that’s around 20% of all eligible Australians. However, recent figures show that people from CALD backgrounds account for only 7% of people with an approved NDIS plan.

UnitingSA’s Ethnic Link Services has received funding to raise awareness about the NDIS and other disability services amongst people from CALD backgrounds with a disability, their carers, family members and ethnic communities.
The project will deliver a series of ethnic community forums conducted in English and other languages. These will be held across metropolitan Adelaide, the Riverland and Whyalla.

UnitingSA’s Ethnic Link Services is working collaboratively with Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA) to coordinate the metropolitan forums. The first forum will be conducted in English. If you are interested in attending, please see details below and register your attendance.

WHERE         Multicultural Communities Council of SA (MCCSA) 113 Gilbert St, Adelaide

WHEN           Wednesday 31 October 2018, Registration 3:45pm, Forum 4pm – 7pm

LANGUAGE    English. Interpreting assistance can be provided on request.

COST               FREE

RSVP To register your attendance during business hours, please contact: MCCSA, on (08) 8345 5266, or
Ifrah Warsame, Ethnic Link Services, on (08) 8241 0201


MCCSA Welcomes Australia’s New Race Discrimination Commissioner

October 9, 2018 in Media Release

Media Release – 10/10/18

MCCSA Welcomes Australia’s New Race Discrimination Commissioner Mr Chin Leong Tan

The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia would like to join the rest of the Australian multicultural community in welcoming Australia’s new Race Discrimination Commissioner Mr Chin Leong Tan.

The Chairperson of MCCSA, Miriam Cocking said that Mr Tan’s long standing role in Australia’s multicultural sector and his law background will guide him in tackling some of the racial difficulties we are facing as a nation.

“MCCSA hopes to see a robust and passionate approach from Mr Tan to bridge our differences and encourage positive race relation discourse during his tenure”, Mrs Cocking said.

“As the peak multicultural body in South Australia strongly advocating for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities we look forward to working with the new Commissioner to promote and protect multiculturalism.

“We had a good working relationship with the outgoing Race Commissioner , Dr Tim Soutphommasane, and we thank him for his staunch support to our communities and wish him all the best in his future endeavors”, she said.

MCCSA looks forward to an equitable, cohesive and thriving South Australia. We support and advocate for all people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to realise their potential as active contributors to the economic, social and cultural life of South Australia.

For further information contact 08 8345 5266 /

Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2018

October 4, 2018 in MCCSA

The 2018 Governor’s Multicultural Awards are now open!

These important awards celebrate South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in our community.
The Awards are administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Multicultural Affairs. They are presented by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, on the advice of an independent judging panel chosen in consultation with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA.

The Award categories are:

Outstanding individual achievement
Arts and culture
Community sector
Private sector
Public sector
Senior volunteer

Nominations close 5pm Friday 12 October 2018, with winners to be announced at a ceremony in early 2019 at Government House to celebrate South Australia’s cultural diversity.


Click Here to nominate online

Alternatively, a hard copy nomination form can be obtained by emailing

South Australia’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

October 3, 2018 in News

Are you concerned for your safety in your relationship?
Or worried about someone you know?

Help for people concerned about safety in a relationship:
• Are your concerns related to physical, verbal or controlling behaviours, emotional or psychological manipulation or economic or social isolation?
• You may be able to request the partner’s police history be provided to the person who is feeling unsafe.
• Information and support is provided to that person so they can make informed decisions about their safety and the future of the relationship.*
The DVDS is an early intervention and prevention initiative. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call Triple Zero.

*No information about the application or the disclosure is given to the person causing concern.