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.


CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group

August 30, 2018 in FECCA, News

MCCSA wishes to congratulate our Project Officer Youth Engagement Ukash Ahmed and the other 15 appointees to the role of Carer Representative on the CALD Mental Health Consumer and Carer Group set up by The National Multicultural Mental Health Project Alliance in collaboration with the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA).

Encouraging and promoting dialogue within the CALD community is vital to raising awareness and pursuing positive outcome for mental health related issue amongst our migrant community.

Ukash is passionate about the challenges of Mental Health in CALD Communities, including his own African Communities. He has voluntarily and professionally been working on breaking down stigma, supporting and building capacity of communities and individuals in understanding Mental health challenges through his active involvement in the Multicultural Communities Council of SA Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project, funded by SA Health and his role as an executive member of the Every Life Matters Salisbury Suicide Prevention Network.

Along with, and, supporting those experiencing mental health effects in his own community and through his role at MCCSA working with young people we believe that Ukash will bring a wealth of experience to this new role and MCCSA will support him in any way we can in his endeavors.

Nexus Arts – ‘Creative Cohesion’

July 30, 2018 in MCCSA Activities, News

Nexus Arts, in partnership with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA, presents an intercultural community development program, working with musicians and communities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Musicians are invited to apply to take part in the 2018-19 Community Musician Development Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ to gain skills and experience in leading community music workshops.

3 successful applicants will be mentored by experienced community arts practitioner Julian Ferraretto. Julian, a contemporary improvising violin player, has run music programs for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in London and Adelaide and has significant experience working in communities and with musicians from diverse backgrounds.


Each trainee will receive a payment of $1,350 to take part in the program. This will be paid in 3 instalments across the apprenticeship and assumes participation in all workshops and meetings, which will take place within the Adelaide metropolitan region. Dates of the workshops will be confirmed when candidates are short-listed.

Click here for more info  Community Musician Leadership Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ Information Document 2018-19

Click link to apply Community Musician Leadership Program ‘Creative Cohesion’ Application Form 2018

Media Release – New SAMEAC Board

June 26, 2018 in Media Release

Mrs. Miriam Cocking – Chairperson MCCSA
Media Release – 26/06/18

On behalf of MCCSA I would like to congratulate the newly appointed board of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) for the period of 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2020.

The MCCSA welcomes the incoming chair Mr Norman Schueler OAM and his eleven member team appointed to serve on this very important board.

As the Peak multicultural community organisation in South Australia working to support, enable, advocate for and collaborate with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, we look forward to collaborative working relationship with the new SAMEAC team in our pursuance of a successful multicultural South Australia.

Full membership of the Commission is as follows:
• Mr Norman Schueler, OAM
• Mrs Antonietta Cocchiaro
• Mr Mario Romaldi
• Dr (Ms) Ning Zhang
• Mr George Chin
• Dr (Mr) Sridar Nannapaneni
• Mrs Adriana Christopoulos
• Mr Admad Zraika
• Ms Thuy Phan
• Mrs Laura Adzanku
• Mr Muhama Yotham
• Dr (Mr) Valdis Tomanis mbers

We wish them all the best during their two year term as they embark on their mission to build a strong cohesive society and promote Australian shared values.

For further information: MCCSA’s Office – 08 83455266