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On this page, we will showcase Australian organizations, businesses and individuals providing wonderful services and assistance to African Australians. Feel free to send logos, pictures and profiles of those you know. Thank you
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FECCA is the peak, national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate, lobby and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

Established in 1979, FECCA is a non-political community-based organisation. Apart from its national office, it is supported by the work of a voluntary Executive Council.

FECCA strives to ensure that the needs and aspirations of Australians from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are given proper recognition in public policy.

FECCA work to promote fairness and responsiveness to its constituency in the delivery and design of Government policies and programs. FECCA promote multiculturalism as a core value that defines what it means to be Australian in the 21st century.

FECCA work is not limited to this. FECCA also strives to protect the fundamental rights of all Australians, regardless of cultural, spiritual, gender, linguistic, racial, social, political or other affiliations or connections.

In undertaking this work, FECCA monitors a wide range of issues including:

  • Government and Opposition policy positions
  • Access and equity issues
  • The media
  • cultural institutions;
  • community harmony;
  • social welfare and justice;
  • health services;
  • immigration, refugee issues and citizenship;
  • racism, and
  • youth and women’s issues.

FECCA's goal is to enrich and enhance Australian society through the fullest participation of all members of the community. FECCA’s core business and organisational principles are based on the concept of social justice. They involve:

  • promoting full access and equity;
  • advocating community harmony and the celebration of diversity;
  • championing human rights, and
  • arguing that multiculturalism is central to the social, economic and cultural health of Australia in the 21st century.


Lidcombe TAFE Outreach has been working with the SOMALI community for over 3 years delivering targeted training to newly arrived Somali women who need to be trained in Vocational Skills.
The training received allows the women to move forward educationally and also assists the women in finding employment.
The classes have consisted of Soft Furnishing for Somali women , this course was showcased on the SBS African web site, more recently classes have been based on Vocational Skills for Employment in Child Care.
This program is supported by the SOMALI Welfare Association and has a class of 21 SOMALI women attending each week. Child care is provided.
The SOMALI community  has been greatly assisted by the TAFE Outreach support. Many SOMALI women have gained employment as a result of the TAFE training and local community capacity building is quite evident.

Real Community is proud to be investing in the skills and career success of every African Australian.

Real Community is the newest member of the rapidly growing Real Institute; a multi-award winning independently owned Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO Number 91669). The company has a national presence and is regarded as one of Australia’s fastest growing, most innovative and disruptive training companies.

Founded in 2007, the company aims to provide learning and inspiration to every person in Australia. We partner with some of the world’s and Australia’s most recognised brands including Harvey Norman, General Pants Company, United Parcel Services, Toll, Harper Collins, Dulux and AH Beard.

Real Community was established as an avenue for Real Institute to provide direct service and support to the diverse community sector, through a range of different programs and projects.

Current projects include the delivery of the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program throughout the ACT and Southern NSW, Victoria’s largest Job Readiness program, strategic partnerships with the African Professionals of Australia and other major community organisations, partnerships with the resources sector and a commitment to support more inclusive and diverse workplaces around Australia.

Real Community continues to explore projects locally and internationally and is proud to support this year’s awards.

For further information, please contact Travis Brooks-Garrett on or 1300 65 85 45

************** is a leading African Australian online and print media. On the web and thriving since 2004, AfricanOz became the first broad-based African Australian ‘portal’ offering free African events listings, Music, Study, Communities and other links and resources.

The African AIDS Foundation exists to raise much needed funds to support grass roots projects in South Africa and Kenya. AAF is run by volunteers who are passionate about bringing change to the lives of children who are facing a bleak future without help. The projects AAF fund are run by small groups of people who are caring for the ill, abandoned and vulnerable.

AAF is based in the Macarthur area of NSW, about an hour South West of Sydney.
Having worked for nine years as a doctor in a Mission hospital in the Kwa-Zulu province of South Africa (1975 - 1984) and then becoming involved with fighting the HIV/AIDS problem since 1999, Dr John Schwarz, together with his wife Rosalie and a group of dedicated local people have been raising awareness and funds to fight the pandemic of HIV/AIDS.
Due to the network built from Dr John Schwarz and Rosalie living in South Africa and AAF's regular visits, AAF is able to work with local people who are struggling to care for orphans and others deeply affected by HIV. The impact of HIV/AIDS is immense and the local people have meagre resources. AAF can assist them with money, advice and sometimes volunteers.
We work with a number of organisations in South Africa and Kenya and have been thrilled at the cost effectiveness of this approach and the wonderful impact on the lives of many vulnerable individuals.
Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW) is a lobbying, advocacy and research group which works with and for refugee women and their families in order to bring about change in the refugee system and to enhance their ability to rebuild their lives.

ANCORW regards refugee issues as human rights issues. Empowerment and the full achievement of all human rights for refugee women and their children is equally as important as protection.

At the national level, ANCORW, lobbies for changes in domestic law, social policy and for improved service provision..

At an International level, ANCORW lobbies at the United Nations for changes in International law , United Nations Declarations.

ANCORW is committed to undertaking research into issues which adversely affect the lives of refugee women and their dependant children and to use this research to lobby for change.

ANCORW is committed to empower refugee women to have control over their own lives and to advocate on their own behalf through the provision of advocacy training and by providing opportunities for refugee women to participate in national and international forums.
The African Film Festival Australia is a travelling series with the purpose of showcasing African features, documentaries, animation, shorts, experimental films and classics to audiences across Australia.

Each year, the most fascinating, interesting and thoughtful film from Africa and beyond is screened. From world-premieres to local shorts, we’ve got it all, with an aim to showcase the diversity of African cinema and to discover the best new African talent.

However the African Film Festival Australia is interested beyond film screenings by also throwing some of the best parties and exhibitions. In October 2011, we hosted our first annual Fela Kuti celebration, a fun night of film, live performances and djs spinning the best Afrofunk tunes. We will be doing this again in October 2012 and expect it to be bigger and better.



The Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre (HHPMRC) is a community based, non-profit organisation established to promote the well being of migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants living in the local government areas of Baulkham Hills, Holroyd and Parramatta. 


HHPMRC provides free settlement information and referral and other services to all migrants and refugees without discrimination.


Newly arrived African migrants and refugees have benefited from HHPMRC's  free services such as:

  • Assistance by multilingual staff
  • Community development projects
  • Use of conference and meeting rooms
  • Training courses
  • Referral to government and other services in the area
  • Access to phone, photocopying and Internet for job seekers
  • Assistance to unemployed migrants
  • English classes and first aid courses
  • Assessing community needs and assisting relevant services to address them



The Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC) is the peak body for all culturally and linguistically diverse communities in New South Wales. It is a non-profit association that was established in 1975 at Sydney Town Hall by a mass rally of all ethnic communities in NSW

Constitutional Objectives of the Council

  1. Promoting of joint action and co-operation between ethnic communities on issues of common concern to provide for social coherence and stability.

  2. Ensuring the rights of ethnic communities including effective participation in decisions which affect them and sharing of community resources.

  3. Encouraging the development of ethnic organisations concerned with the social and cultural life of their communities.

  4. Participating actively in the development of a culturally pluralistic society in Australia, and relating to relevant community organisations and structures keeping in mind the purpose of interaction with, rather than isolation from, the mainstream of Australian life.

  5.  Promoting actively the principles of multiculturalism.

  6.  Promoting democratic attitudes for racial harmony and understanding.

  7. Opposing all forms of discrimination, defamation and vilification on the grounds of ethnic or national origin race, religion or colour.



Auburn Diversity Services Inc. (ADSi) is a community based, non-profit organisation established to promote the principles of multiculturalism, access, equity and social justice. The organisation is responsible for developing strategies which address the needs of local migrants and focuses on recent arrivals, emerging communities and special needs groups including humanitarian entrants, refugees, women, youth, children, aged and the unemployed – all of CALD backgrounds. ADSi designs and delivers services that aim to build capacity and improve outcomes for disadvantaged people and families.

ADSi's Settlement Grants Program (SGP) spans over serveral areas. The team provides support services to refugees, migrants and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds living in Auburn and surrounding suburbs. The team endeavours to work with all clients to build their capacity and skills to maximise access to social and economic opportunities in Australian society. 

ADSi provides language and ethnic specific services to individuals, families and communities (refugee and humanitarian background) from Sudanese, Afghani, Ethiopian, Iraqi, Sierra Leonean, Eritrean, Sri-Lankan, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, European backgrounds. The list does not however end here!

ADSi support and empower their clients in a holistic way via services like, case work, information sessions, skill enhancement courses, recreational excursions, and various other community engagement activities.



ANGLICARE Sydney is a non-profit organisation which is the urban community care arm of the Sydney Anglican Church which reaches out to thousands of people every year.  It has a long history of providing support to migrants and refugees to Australia dating back over one hundred years. ANGLICARE Sydney's commitment to providing assistance to migrants and refugees has continued almost unbroken since that time.
All of ANGLCARE Sydney’s services assist migrants and refugees as well as the broader Australian community, based on need and without discrimination. In September 2008, a new Migrant and Refugee Services Department was formed, based in Parramatta, which brought together a number of services which are targeted to assist migrants and refugees.
These services are:
  • Generalist Refugee Programme (which previously targeted the South Sudanese community)
  • Specialist Housing Assistance
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Community Capacity Building
  • ESL Support for churches offering ESL in Sydney
  • CALD Volunteer Programme
  • Early Learning Through Play

All the above services are accessed by African communities and their members and African workers are able to provide language specific assistance and interpreters are also used.  Services which have been utilised by African communities include:
  • Language-specific casework, referral and information services;
  • Assistance with housing and proposing family members to Australia
  • Training in various areas
  • Assistance to build the capacity of their organisations
  • Sewing group for women
  • Use of meeting rooms and facilities
  • Advocacy on behalf of, and together with, communities
  • ESL classes
  • Opportunities to volunteer
  • Assistance for children to transition to school and for their carers to develop an understanding of the way in which play assists in child development
  • In the past the Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Service has provided newly arrived refugees with assistance in their settlement both in metropolitan and country areas.




SydWest Multicultural Services Inc is a non-profit community association which provides practical assistance and services for the relief of poverty, distress and misfortune to disadvantaged and marginalized people in the Western Sydney Area. It has been established to directly assist and support refugees, humanitarian entrants and migrants in their settlement or other critical times.

SydWest Multicultural Services Inc will work to empower people irrespective of their ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds to equally participate in Australian Society.

Among SydWest projects benefiting the African communities  include:

Family Harmony Project/ Family Support Project aims to provide ‘Communities for Children’ to the communities of Blacktown Local Government Area (LGA) to ensure children have the best start in life by focusing on targeted early intervention approaches that bring about positive family functioning, safety and child development outcomes for children and their families, particularly those who are most vulnerable, disadvantaged or in disadvantaged circumstances. 

Project Activities:

This project delivers peer mentoring for parents amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families in Blacktown LGA to build community capacity and social connectedness. The project also assists families to access relevant services, addresses intergenerational conflict and risk taking behaviours and provides families with the tools to enhance their functioning and wellbeing.

The Project will:

  • Provide assistance for refugee and CALD families to participate in community and family life through support, skills development and mentoring programs.
  • Provide peer mentoring for parents including parenting skills training and address risk taking behaviours for their children
  • Facilitate workshops and seminars on intergenerational conflict and risk taking behaviours for participants and volunteers/mentors
  • Provide ongoing support and implement training strategies for volunteers/mentors
  • Provide ongoing support and implement training strategies for volunteers/mentors
  • Deliver information sessions to improve service referral and support pathways for families

    The Federation of the Congolese Council of Australia (FCCA)

    As the main liaison body between many Congolese migrants and refugees with the Australian government and charitable and humanitarian agencies, the FCCA works to promote strong partnerships for the well-being of Congolese people and other African refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, in Australia.


    • Provides strong representation of  Congolese people and other African refugees, migrants and asylum seekers across Australia and worldwide.
    • Ensures suitable opportunities in education, health care, employment and training.
    • Protects the human rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in Australia and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • Promotes strong relationships with Australian government authorities, African leaders, charitable bodies and other community leaders.
    • Contributes to the peace and reconciliation process in the Democratic Republic of Congo through community education.
    • Mediates conflicts in Australia between Congolese groups and associations, and encourage collaboration with people from the Great Lakes region of Africa.

    Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency, (HARDA)'s mission is to unite refugees and migrants from all Horn of Africa countries in Australia, through their community leaders, in order to act as a strong and effective advocate and lobbyist for their issues and concerns, both in Australia and internationally

    HARDA's Vision include:

    • That HARDA performs a positive and effective role in communicating with government and as an advocate for Horn of Africa individuals, families and communities living in Australia.
    • That Horn of Africa refugees and humanitarian entrants have access on an equitable basis to the services and accommodation essential for their wellbeing, including affordable housing, education, vocational training, community services, employment and health care.
    • That HARDA provides support services to member organisations from the Horn of Africa countries, including incorporation and compliance, policy development, accounting and finance, fundraising & sponsorship, submission writing, event planning, graphic design & layout.
    • That HARDA forms a strong and effective alliance with government through AusAid and works with non-government overseas aid organizations in Australia including, Caritas, Care Australia, the National Council of Churches, Human Appeal International and Muslim Aid.
    • That HARDA uses its contacts with Horn of Africa communities and individuals in Australia and their contacts in the Horn of Africa (‘the diaspora’) to identify high value humanitarian projects in their countries of origin; works with non-government organisations in those countries to develop and cost their proposals; seeks Australian support for them by government; and acts as a catalyst through joint ventures with Australian based NGOs.



    Kathy Novak

    Presenter and Reporter

    World News Australia

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    Kathy Novak is a presenter and reporter for World News Australia.

    Kathy has reported for World News Australia from around the world, including the 2012 Papua New Guinea elections, the 2012 Kuwaiti parliamentary elections, and in 2010 she reported from New Zealand as the mine disaster unfolded.

    She also covers national news, with a speciality in federal politics. She spent three years working in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra where she covered the 2007 Federal Election campaign, and travelled with the Prime Minister to Trinidad and Tobago for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2009, and to Niue for the 2008 Pacific Islands Forum.

    As well as reporting, Kathy is one of a team who present World News Australia – you’ll often find her anchoring the 6.30pm news bulletin.

    Kathy was born in Singapore to a Filipina mother and a Polish/Australian father. Growing up she lived in Australia, Thailand, Belgium and the United States where she studied Broadcast Journalism and Politics at New York University. While studying, she spent a term in Paris studying French and her first job was as an intern with CNN at the network’s United Nations bureau. After graduating university, Kathy continued to work at CNN for a year in the New York bureau.

    She returned to Australia in 2004 and began working at SBS in December as a news librarian and production assistant. In 2006 she joined SBS’s cadetship program, reporting for World News Australia, Dateline, Insight and Living Black as well as SBS radio news and online.

    For more information please contact SBS publicist Nick Craven on 02 9430 3319 or




    The main purpose of the Australia-African Friendship Association (AFFA) is to provide a social and cultural support group to its culturally diverse members as well as assist new African arrivals to the Northern Territory. To achieve its aims, AFFA provides a forum for the promotion of African culture and sharing fun and friendship with other Australians, and undertakes cultural functions, sports and educational activities.


    Springbok Foods is a national wholesale distributor and retailer of the largest range of South African groceries and food products in Australia.
    Springbok Foods import and sell all favourite South African products - from those trusted grocery names that are always relied on in South Africa like All Gold, Mrs Balls, Knorr, Bakers, Pronutro, Pyott's and Freshpak Rooibos teas to 44 gallon drum braai's (bbq's), Afrikaans music CD's and DVD's.

    Springbok Foods also manufacture and sell a wide range of its own quality gourmet boerewors sausages, biltong & Jerky, dry wors (droewors), sosaties and mielie meal under its own brand label.

    Springbok Foods has a few "home baked" goodies like koeksisters, malva poeding (pudding) and melktert (milk tart) and a range of samoosas (mince, hot mince, cheese and corn, potato).

    The Multicultural Development Association (MDA) was established in May 1998 to promote multiculturalism and act as a strategic mechanism for the empowerment of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds through a range of community development, system advocacy, education and training, and through a range of service delivery activities.

    MDA has assisted a number of African descendent through various channels including; providing settlement support, advocacy which is the key to successful combat against barriers that are faced by African Australians such as employment and training, education, housing, health and family relationships.
    ACCESS Community Services Limited is committed to fostering community development, settlement and employment initiatives and providing support programs to address the needs of disadvantaged community groups including migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and temporary protection visa holders.
    Since 1992, ACCESS has focused on providing specialised support and services to newly arrived migrants and refugees.

    The African communities in Queensland are continuing to benefit from ACCESS services and support including:

    FamilyPlanning Queensland(FPQ)

    The Multicultural Women’s Health (FGM) Project 

    (Mobilising communities to promote the safety of children – Eradicating the harmful ritual practices)



    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a practice identified by The World Health Organisation in 1995 as “all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or non-therapeutic reasons”. Communities that practice this custom claim that it is necessary to ensure that females are acceptable and suitable for marriage. FGM is usually carried out in childhood, and this practice can result in profound physical and mental health issues, throughout life. 

    It has been estimated that almost 4000 people in Qld are from countries that practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). There are many negative consequences of this practice, which impacts on women’s live in the– short and long-term, as well as causing trauma to the children on whom it is performed. Despite clear legislation outlawing this practice, it continues to be justified by practicing populations on grounds of religion, culture, preserving virginity, psychosexual and family honour and to avoid stigma attached to the family.

    The Multicultural Women Health (FGM) Project at FPQ has been recognised for the past fourteen years as the leading provider of education programs and resources to communities that are known to be affected by  FGM in Qld.

    Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) has received funding from QLD Health, through a Commonwealth initiative with the purpose of implementing an education and awareness program, providing training to health services providers, mainstream workers and health professionals and to work with communities to eradicate this practice. (free of charge training).


    The project has a strong focus on community development, with nine Bilingual community educators from targeted communities being trained to provide education in their languages. The project works with key people and communities’ different communication channels, such as the community media, to increase awareness.

    The project also disseminates information about laws in Australia, the health issues and the negative impact of the practice, and works within cultural and diversity frameworks.


    The second component of the project is to approach service providers and promote their awareness of FGM practices and help them to deal with their clients’ health needs.

    Ongoing approach is to improve the services offered by health care providers to women and girls who have been, or may be, affected by FGM and ensure that women and workers are able to communicate optimally.

    Result from the project to date includes increasing communities’ awareness of FGM illegality and the damaging effect on the child’s physical life and wellbeing.

    In general, the project helps to improve the migrants’ health education, which contributes in eradicating this practice and preventing child abuse.


    Ethnic Communities Council of
    Queensland (ECCQ) has been working directly with Queensland’s many communities since 1976. Every year, we help thousands of people from all backgrounds, across all of Queensland. Our focus is supporting and advocating for the needs, interests and contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland.

    ECCQ's objectives and goals are:

    • To negotiate with government and community agencies so that culturally and linguistically diverse people have equitable access to community resources and services.
    • To promote collaborative action and cooperation between diverse groups and organisations on issues of common concern and to ensure their effective participation in matters which affect them.
    • To initiate and promote research into the social and economic conditions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland.
    • To advise and inform governments and other organizations of the needs and priorities of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
    • To supportively encourage culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop and deliver services which meet the social, cultural and economic needs of their members.
    • To encourage people from diverse cultures to participate in the social, educational and economic life of Australia and in any other activities conducive to good citizenship.

    Mission Australia is a Christian community service organisation that has been transforming the lives of Australians in need for more than 150 years.

    Today our 550 services assist more than 300,000 Australians by providing a hand up, a way forward and hope for the future.

    We strengthen families, empower youth, strive to solve homelessness, provide employment solutions and stand up for people in need.

    By learning from others and sharing what works well for us, Mission Australia is able to help people who are doing it tough to get back on track. We work to stop problems before they start, provide support to prevent situations from getting worse and form partnerships to find long-term solutions to community issues.



    CHANGE MAGAZINE encapsulates and celebrates the essence of the African Communities in Australia. The magazine is all about people and events. It is a blueprint for all things African and captures the heart and soul of African people
     For more information about Change Magazine click here

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd is a full service provider of specialist do-it-yourself (DIY) super fund services, also known as self-managed superannuation (SMSF) services.

    A DIY Super Fund (SMSF) collects and invests your superannuation contributions until they are paid out to you when you retire. As a member in a DIY fund, you are also its trustee responsible for how contributions are invested and for paying retirement benefits to yourself when the time comes.  

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd give assistance to set-up DIY/SMSF funds and then provide ongoing advice and services, including fund compliance, accounting, tax and audit.

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd started operating in 2008 and comprises a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of qualified SMSF professionals who have both local and international expertise in retirement and pension schemes. They are committed to providing continued total solutions and support to meet all the SMSF support service needs of their clients. Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd's overarching mission is to provide high quality support services that enhance the ability and confidence of its clients to successfully manage their wealth and to pursue their financial goals.

    Unlike many of its competitors, Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd is not controlled by a bank, insurance company or financial institution. Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd therefore does not suffer any conflict of interest when it delivers services and give advice to its clients.  As a result, Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd's professional integrity is intact at all times.   

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd's directors are members of CPA Australia, the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia, The Tax Institute of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. They are;

    Kimani Nganga BCom, CPA, SSAud (SPAA Accredited Specialist SMSF Auditor), SMSF Auditor #100031481 (ASIC)

    Stephen Tonkin BA (Accounting), FCPA, FTIA, MACD, Registered Tax Agent.

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd invite you to contact them to find out more about their services and look forward to providing you with services that will enhance your ability and confidence to successfully manage your wealth and to pursue your financial goals.

    Click here to find out more about their services.


    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd Services - 

    DIY Super Funds (SMSFs)

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd offer specialist services directly to SMSF trustees, and indirectly to SMSF-trustee-clients of other accountants, financial planners and administration service providers, including;

    ·         SMSF set-up assistance

    ·         administration

    ·         complying pensions

    ·         independent audits

    ·         strategic advice

    ·         SIS and Tax Law compliance advice


    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd is a registered tax agent and provide SMSFs, individuals, small and medium enterprises with professional tax services including;

    ·         Income Tax

    ·         PAYG

    ·         GST

    ·         Payroll tax

    ·         Fringe Benefits tax & salary packaging


    ·         Specialist SMSF audits

    ·         Audits for a wide range of SMSFs, Incorporated Associations and Not-For-Profit Entities

    Other Services
    • Bookkeeping/accounting
    • Business start-up
    • Company secretarial
    • Rental Properties

    ·         Selling a business

    ·         Succession planning & Family Retirement Advice

    ·         Estate Planning & Administration

    Super Funds Accounting Pty Ltd was quality reviewed by CPA Australia in April 2012 and found to be ‘fully compliant with no breaches found’ and one of their directors is accredited as a specialist SMSF Auditor by the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia (SPAA).

    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. Among MCCSA’s programs for the African Australian Community include the “Transition Through the Arts” project. Through this project,  recently arrived youth from West and Central African countries participate in an artistic development and performance program to provide them with the skills, experience, networks and pathways to pursue education and employment opportunities in the music industry.


    Be a caring and inclusive community.  Through diverse activities, voluntary or otherwise, ACOSA community members will be able to live in harmony with the wider community, mindful of the responsibilities that come with such opportunities of living in a country like Australia. ACOSA members  aim to raise their children to be respectful to others particularly the elderly and without forgetting their origin losing their identity.


    The African Community Organisation of South Australia is an umbrella organisation for all African communities in South Australia. Its mission is to provide an exceptional service to all, Africans and non-Africans that enhance multiculturalism.

    Among our many achievements, include:

    • First African computer centre in Kilburn community Centre.
    • Conducted artists school workshops for 13 years in a row covering 35,000 students from schools as far as Victor Habour to Whyalla
    • Helped the release of 2 Africans from detention centre to be released to the community (now living in Australia).
    • Advocating for members of our community who found themselves on the wrong side of the law both federally as well as state.
    • Planting the first trees in the southern Hemisphere at 6 am, January 1st 2000 (the plague tells all).

    “Members of the African Community Organisation under the Presidency of David Malinda planted the two fig trees on 1st January 2000 at 6.00am. The West Torrens Council nurtured the young trees until they established themselves.

    The fig trees symbolises long lasting friendship between Africa and Australia and marks the recognition of Africans of the importance of trees in the environment. Elders in Africa pray under fig trees to alleviate all sorts of suffering and are a sign of prosperity”.

    Seen here are, the Major of West Torrens His Worship John Trainer and ACOSA President, David Malinda about to unveil the plague. The picture following below is the plague itself.

    This picture below shows diverse community at the ceremony of unveiling the plague. Two of out distinguished guests are Mr Lewis O’Brien Kauna Elder and Hon. Steve Georgianas MP Member for Hindmarsh. Others  in the picture come as far as South America, Africa and Australia.


    The Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA)  was established in 1979 and became an independent entity in 1983. Since the early 1990s it has worked with African migrants and especially those of refugee background to assist them to develop and establish their communities, and to participate in the South Australian community.

    In 1998 at the request of the small and diverse African  community groups of that time, it organised the first Residential African Forum to bring African communities and their leadership together to develop strategies for their future participation and empowerment. This forum established the African Communities Council of SA, currently the umbrella organisation for over 40 African community organisations. The MRCSA provided governance advice and administrative support and assisted the Council to gain their first year’s funding.

    Since the 1998  the MRCSA  has worked in partnership with ACCSA and with all the African communities who arrived in South Australia over the past 20 years to assist them with entry points into sport and recreation, organising the first Multicultural Soccer Carnivals, the first and subsequent  annual African Festivals as well as a number of ground breaking events to highlight African people's cultural contributions –highlighted by the Jambo Africa Project which connected African performers to mainstream arts,  and events such as  the Sudan Concert, followed by the African Journey both performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre to audiences of thousands.


    In partnership with the African Communities Council, African youth and women’s groups as well as community organisations, the MRCSA organised the first African Speak Out in 2008. The subsequent report has been a blue print for service development and delivery as well as community participation.


    The MRCSA has as members, over 30 African organisations who are also represented by ACCSA on the MRCSA Board.  MRCSA programs depend on its multicultural workforce, including 12 African staff and over 100 African volunteers.

    In 2011, on the 10th Anniversary of the African Communities Council of SA, the MRCSA was honoured to be a recipient of the ACCSA Award for
    Ongoing outstanding assistance, support and partnership to the African Communities Council of SA to improve the well being, empowerment, self determination and full participation of Africans in South Australia
    Friend of Africa
    Eugenia Tsoulis OAM
    Eugenia Tsoulis OAM as CEO of the Migrant Resource Centre of SA has been responsible for ensuring programs, events and the type of governance that has supported the empowerment of African people arriving as migrants and refugees in South Australia.
    She has mentored and provided leadership training for African young people, men and women, who have now entered the arts, sports, the public sector and other careers, as well as public life .
    In 1998 she convened the first African Forum to establish the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA) and has been an Ex officio member of the Board of the ACCSA ever since.
    In 2009 Eugenia was the only service provider representative to be invited to join the Australian Human Rights Commission, African Australians Project which conducted critical research and review of the status of African Australians.
    She has driven the positive marketing of Africans through a number of arts projects and events, has conducted African forums to support the input of African people and as importantly has been a driver for African communities to establish, develop and determine their own governance, and engagement with the rest of the Australian community.
    In 2011 she was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia for her services to the African Communities Council SA and was also made a life member of the Council for her ongoing, outstanding assistance and support of the ACCSA to improve the empowerment of Africans in South Australia.
    Further, Eugenia  was awarded Governor's Multicultural Awards 2012 for Outstanding Individual Achievements at the Government House in South Australia.


    The aim of African Junction is to provide a one stop location where African and African related businesses can be showcased and found in Australia. Its goal is to make African Junction the most extensive resource for the consumers, providers, suppliers and lovers of African goods and services Australia-wide.

    African Junction is different to other online business directory destinations. It is targeted as it only promotes African and African related businesses in Australia.

    African Junction's vision is to see its e-showroom become a household name in Australia for one location where African and African related goods and services can be found.
    Man Actually Needs Enjoyable Time (Manet Radio) is the first privately owned 24/7 African internet radio station in South Australia.
    ACOSA African Twilight Market - Purpose, Vision and Objectives

    PURPOSE: To establish and conduct a micro-enterprise African Market in the Prospect Plaza during day-light saving months that will become self-sustaining. This will provide an opportunity for the African communities of SA to build self reliance, gain employment, develop business skills and generate income. The socially innovative market will showcase the African cultures and utilize the current skills and resources of the African communities. The market will also offer the wider community a ‘taste of Africa’, and in so doing provide an opportunity for connection, integration and partnerships between communities.

    VISION: The prospect African market will be an innovative model of social enterprise and sustainable community development, providing economic benefits to the African communities whilst building connections between Africans and the wider community. It will be a vibrant, energetic display that celebrates African culture, offering ‘a taste of Africa’ through African goods, crafts, food and beverages, textiles, drama and music .





    The picture  shows a common picture you would see on Fridays evening of the African twilight Market.




    1.    To conduct an African market during daylight saving at the Prospect Plaza

    2.    To begin the market with 10-12 stalls, and no more than 19

    3.    To train stall holders in Business and Safety requirements

    4.    To identify which legislation we need to comply with and any associated training

    5.    Source additional funding

    6.    Employ a project manager

    7.    To continue meeting fortnightly

    8.    To set up a roster for performers

    9.    To identify and develop ways of paying performers

    10. To promote the market to the wider community, to set up a promotional plan

    11. To create a marketing/business plan

    12. To integrate into market planning and structure, social enterprise and sustainability strategies

    13. To keep food simple, low risk, with variety (ideas include corn, cassava, chapatti, mandazi etc)

    14. To build partnerships with local communities and businesses.

    Stall holders at this marked are diverse; Africans and non-Africans. However the non-Africans have a strong bond with Africa. Here is just a bit of stories from a few:

    Team Vista

    Team Vista has a stall at the African Twilight Market.  We are an Adelaide based Not for Profit organisation that supports a community in Tanzania, East Africa.  We sell products made by our Women’s Empowerment groups in Tanzania, such as handmade bags, skirts and jewellery.  100% of the profits go back to the community in Tanzania to provide education and health care to children most in need.  All products are purchased from the women at Fair Trade prices.

    Our vision for the African Twilight Market is for it to become bigger and attract more of a crowd each week, supporting local African musicians and the local African community living in Adelaide.  We are very proud to be associated with this wonderful market and hope that it continues for many years to come.  David Malinda has been the main driver of the market and works tirelessly each week to bring it all together, we are very lucky to have someone like David in Adelaide.

    Sleepy Giraffe

    Suzanne Phillips makes home wares and jewellery made from African fabric. Primarily using khangas (traditional fabric from East Africa that feature a saying/quote in Swahili), purchased in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya. As well as fabric purchased in Rwanda, when visiting my World Vision sponsor child. All the fabric has been sourced on my many trips to Kenya, when holidaying and visiting friends. Going through the piles of brightly coloured fabric, selecting my favourite designs, bargaining on the price, and wishing I could buy more, has always been a highlight of my trips to Kenya. After this experience, I then started making cushions and wall hangings for myself, and thought it would be great to share these great fabric designs with my family and friends, and turn it into a small business.

    The African Twilight Market has given me the opportunity to share my experience of East Africa through the colours and designs of my products with the local community, as well as giving me an little extra pocket money to maintain my child sponsorship payments. My vision for the market is that it continues to grow, and show the diversity of all the different cultures throughout Africa, and share this with the community who may not have a chance to visit Africa for themselves.


    Carole Malinda

    I support Fred hollow’s foundation, Christian Blind Mission, Salvation Army, Leprosy Mission, and International Animal Welfare Fund. This is in addition to supporting craft and jewellery makers in Kenya where I get my stuff from.


    Caroline Secker

    My name is Caroline Secker and I am delighted that I have a stall at the Twilight African Market every Friday in daylight saving time. I love being surrounded by African arts and crafts, foods and music, peoples and stories. My great joy has been having visits to Kenya and dong some volunteer work at RANGALA BABY ORPHANAGE. The proceeds of my stall go to this orphanage and they appreciate my effort to help them. I appreciate the opportunity to raise funds at this stall. The Market is organised and supported by David Malinda. We would not be able to do it without his generous amount of work and good ideas.


    Margaret Hess

    Initially I commenced a project to help underprivileged women in Bangladesh in 2001. In 2010, after visiting Africa, I felt by nature to start working with Youth and women in South Africa and Tanzania, knowing that the African twilight market was developing in Adelaide. This gave me confidence to encourage youth in Africa to source the type of product which would be of interest to Australians who have interest in Africa and which would also encourage people from Africa already living in Adelaide to peruse their own interest in business. One young man in Tanzania has been able to start his own chicken business which impacts on his own extended family. Other achievements encourage me to work closely with African Twilight Market. Please visit African Twilight Market facebook for more information. Alternatively, visit African community Organisation Website ( to learn more of this incredible organisation.


    Africans in ATM

    Most of the rest of stall holders are Africans trying to learn microenterprise so that they can start their own businesses. The business training program which is started on 6th April 2013 conducted by Learning Potential International Pty Ltd and funded by SA government in Adelaide is going to be of immense  benefit for those Africans who attend.


    Compiled by David Malinda

    President African Community Organisation of SA (ACOSA)


    African Community Council SA Inc is the peak African Australian organization in South Australia assisting in settlement services, helping old and new arrivals to:
    • Negotiate and engage with the systems and institutions of their new environment
    • Link with services and supports in the broader community
    • Develop capacity to achieve their aspirations and contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of South Australia
    • Support the broader community to participate in the engagement and integration of new arrivals
    The Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA) works in supporting new arrival refugee and migrant young people from Africa. It has supported many African young people to be the best that they can be through individual intensive support, group work, leadership and community events like the MY Music and Culture Festival.  These events helps African young people  deal with the complexity of re-settling into a new country.
    Libby Hogarth – Australian Migration Options

    Australian Migration Options and its Director Mrs Libby Hogarth is the largest and one of the most experienced migration consultancy companies in Adelaide with over 18 years of experience in the industry.


    Libby started her work in migration after she and her husband Jonathan returned from 6 years work in Tanzania. Their love of the East African people and culture left them with a strong desire to continue working cross culturally and the opportunity arose through refugee settlement work with the Australian Refugee Association.

    In 1992 Libby was appointed as migration agent/casemanager for the Refugee Advice and Assistance Scheme and then later became manager of the Australian Refugee Association Migration Services. She opened her private business in 1996 but continued to also manage the ARA services until 2005. In 2009 her private business “Libby Hogarth & Associates” changed name to “Australian Migration Options” and became a company and has now grown from being a sole trader to a business across  4 states (Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney) with 15 employed migration agents and 9 administrative staff.

    When Jonathan and Libby first returned to Australia from Tanzania there was only a very small African community in Adelaide and they were in danger of losing their swahili language skills until the Burundians started to arrive! They have enjoyed watching the growth of the African communities from all African nations and the company has assisted clients from all over Africa: Egyptians, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Sudanese, Kenyans, Tanzanians, Burundians, Congolese, Rwandese, Sth Africans, Ghanians, Nigerians, Sierra Leoneans, Liberians, Moroccans, Algerians and Libyans!

    Australian Migration Options has a strong ethical base and believes that people from all walks of life should be able to access professional and high quality migration advice and assistance. It is proud to hold Government Contracts under the Immigration Advice and Assistance Scheme which enables the company to provide professional assistance free of charge to the more vulnerable people in the community.

    As part of its corporate social responsibility the company supports several organisations including Anglicare, TEAR Australia and Partners International.

    Australian Migration Options looks forward to continued partnership with  African communities around Australia and offers its professional and experienced services to Africans wanting to sponsor family members, and to employers needing skilled migrants for businesses in Australia.

    The African StudiesAssociation of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) was founded in 1978.

    The aims and objectives of AFSAAP are -

    • to promote research and teaching of African Studies in Australia and the Pacific.
    • to facilitate contact among scholars and students in the field of African Studies through conferences, regional meetings, and publications.
    • to coordinate African Studies programs and the acquisition of African materials by Australian and Pacific libraries.
    • to serve as the professional body representing Africanists' interests to governments and the community.
    • to contribute towards an understanding of Africa in the community at large.
    • and to establish contact with African universities and scholars, other overseas scholars and African Studies associations, and to promote interchanges with them.
    Friend of Africa

    AFSAAP President

    Dr. Tanya Lyons
    School of International Studies, Flinders University.



    Mama Lisa's African Emporium sells everything for the local African community. The 1st African shop in Hobart owned and run by a female African migrant.

    Mama Lisa supports the African community by providing products that they ask for and want. These products include: hair, wigs, weaves, braids (synthetic and natural); hair and beauty products including hair relaxers, shampoos, skin moisturisers and creams etc; food including vegetables, fish, flours, spices etc; traditional craft items, rasta hats, scarves and jewellery; household items including blankets, rugs, cooking pots; men's bling jewellery, womens' jewellery; Nigerian DVDs; bags etc.
    RiverCity Christian Church Hobart


    RiverCity Christian Church is a church home for the whole family. For 50 years RiverCity has been a place of restoration, healing and breakthrough in Hobart. Our Church is united in active faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and exists for His glory. We are committed to making life better for people of all ages, places and cultures. We are a local church with an uncompromising message of life, hope and truth through Jesus…  RiverCity is much more than church services.  

    RiverCity Community Counselling service, with its team of clinically registered counsellors, provide support to those who need it. We specialise in trauma, addictions, relationships and working with offenders.

    Care ministries help people make life better. When a person feels vulnerable they need to be loved and encouraged. We have assisted many families through some of life’s most difficult transitions: homelessness, resettlement, break up of families, loss of employment and “tough times”. Lord’s Pantry ministries seek to provide food hampers when needed.

    We want to make a difference at home and around the world. RiverCity Missions partner with many ministries and non-profits on the ground in actual communities. In Africa we develop and support orphanages in South Africa and Uganda. We help establish profitable businesses in poor HIV/Aids affected areas to improve long-term outcomes for communities.

    Many people who feel they have something to give or offer others have found RiverCity to be the right place to do that. Those who have been mightily blessed are thankful and love to help others! We help make that possible for them.

    RiverCity is a worship centre and multi-site campus model church.

    Our Lead Pastor is Nico Smit who is originally from South Africa.



    Care For Africa (CFA)'s mission is to encourage philanthropic endeavour in our local communities.


      1. To engage with local communities, both at an Australian, Launceston, and Tanzanian, Tarime, level.
      2. To ensure that all goods and services that are donated are given directly to the people of Tarime with no costs taken by administration.
      3. To provide foreign assistance to the most needy and vulnerable people.
      4. To educate both communities on each other’s presence.


      1. Mobile Health Clinic: Triaged, de-wormed, treated & referred children requiring more treatment & management, as well as running a de-worming education program 1,339 children in 3 outlying impoverished rural communities. Care For Africa has  & will continue to work with local Tarime medical & education staff.

      2. Establishing 2x breakfast programs: most children go to school with no breakfast. Care For Africa has organised ploughing of school ground with oxen, the children will sew the land with maize. The teacher's will make porridge once the maize is ready for harvest. This has been made possible by the installation of deep water wells by CfA in previous years.

      3. Care For Africa will be building the 1st school toilets with sanitation & hand washing facilities in the Mtana school for the children. These will be the 1st toilets with sanitation & hand-washing in the outlying communities of the Tarime District (population of 340,000)

      4. Will be installing a further 2 deep water wells

      5. Distributed medical & educational aid sent over from 2 shipping containers

      6. Sent a 2nd hand 4wd Tasmanian Ambulance this year over in a container, it is now working as CFA's Rural Health Clinic vehicle.

      7. Establishing aquaculture programs in the outlying communities.

      8. It is CFA's greatest honour & pleasure to be able to help the people in the outlying communities of Tarime. Care For Africa is making such a huge difference. There are no NGO's working in the communities that CFA work in. The work is so incredibly rewarding.

      9. Delivered Wendy Dalton's container to the Surubu Bee-keeper's to establish a shop to sell their honey. CFA commenced this social enterprise program in 2010.

      10. CFA volunteer will be running teach the teacher program & teaching in our community schools

      CFA will continue to grow & develop its programs.


      Diana Butler
      Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder CareforAfrica
      Diana Butler has worked as a nurse since 1981 including career breaks and returning to the profession after she married. Based on her diverse nursing career, Diana fulfilled her professional career goal by securing a position as an emergency nurse at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH). It was in this role that she first met a young doctor who was working at the LGH and shared with her the stories of poverty and lack of medical facilities in the Tarime community where young doctor's father worked as a doctor. This conversation became the catalyst for forming what would become the Care for Africa Foundation which Diana later established. 

      Diana was inspired to pursue the rights of disadvantaged Africans and re-focus her professional goals around providing targeted, on the ground and meaningful support to the peoples of this region of Africa. Diana then began a journey of intense learning to establish and successfully run the Care for Africa Foundation – something at that point in her professional career she knew very little about!

      She is also working as the After Hours Nurse Manager of the LGH.



      Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is Victoria's peak arts organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. MAV is a
      not for profit organisation and proudly represents artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
      Over the past 10 years Multicultural Arts Victoria has played a very active and proactive role in searching out, supporting, promoting and developing African talent, especially, but not only, in the field of music. Through MAV, African groups and individuals have performed in many settings from community events through to recording, to giving concerts at the highest level in Australia's premier venues. As well, MAV has sought out and nurtured visual artists through exhibitions and art prizes, and by linking them with mentors and gallery networks. African theatre workers have been involved in developing and presenting MAV shows and we regularly employ African musicians, clowns, acrobats and more at festivals, concerts, and other events. We revel in the vibrancy and richness of the art and culture which Africans have brought to Australia and hope that all Australians will come into contact with this and benefit from it.
      The African Think Tank acts as the voice of refugee communities, mainly the African Australians in Victoria, through public advocacy in relation to issues such as employment, education, youth and health matters.  It offers advice and support to government and community organisations to ensure effective service delivery, especially in regards to settlement. African Think Tank maintains a high public profile and conducts major public forums and conferences.
      Thirty years ago, under the guiding hand of the then Ethnic Affairs Commissionof Victoria, the Victorian Cooperative on Children's Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG) was born. The fledgling organisation became incorporated as a public company late in the following year.

      Over the last few years, VICSEG has undergone a makeover of significant proportions. Over the first decade of the 21st century, the organisation has grown into something quite different to that of the preceding 20 years. While continuing to engage with recently settled migrant and refugee families around developmental opportunities for their children, the VICSEG focus is no longer primarily on facilitating access to child care.

      With the active support of the then Department of Family and Community Services, VICSEG began the millennium trailling highly innovative versions of the playgroup model, which led to the training of playgroup leaders from ethnic communities, outreach to grandparents caring for children and the introduction of kids' gym style programs to culturally diverse families to promote the importance of physical activities for children's development



      MauriceBlackburn Lawyers

      Maurice Blackburn has become Australia’s leading social justice law firm through its unwavering belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it.  Maurice Blackburn is the law firm for everyday Australians, not the big corporations and vested interests. They fight with unshakeable tenacity and treat all clients with sincerity and respect. They have taken on big business, exposed conditions at detention centres and fought for the rights of employees, refugees and consumers. Maurice Blackburn believes that all Australians should have access to the law, and they make sure they do. They make a difference because the world isn’t always a fair place, and their clients deserve to have someone stand up for their rights. They fight with tenacity for what is fair. Their history of championing rights began when the firm was founded in 1919 by Maurice Blackburn, a man whose sense of social justice and civil liberties was truly ahead of its time. He won cases that played a key role in establishing rights most Australians now take for granted, including the 40-hour working week, wage equality for indigenous workers and equal pay for women. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has continued this proud tradition.


      National Australia Bank (NAB) 'African-Australian Inclusion Program
      ' (AAIP) helps skilled African-Australians gain mainstream employment by providing a six-month paid work placement at NAB in order to gain Australian corporate experience.
      For three years NAB has been working closely with Jesuit Social Services (JSS) to address the disproportionate number of skilled African-Australians who, for a number of reasons, are facing challenges gaining employment in their chosen field.
      Through employment, African-Australians are empowered to contribute to the Melbourne community both culturally and economically, while also enriching the corporate environment by increasing diversity and skills.
      The program provides six-month paid work experience placements to skilled African-Australian who fill genuine roles within the bank. A joint-venture between National Australian Bank (NAB) and Jesuit Social Services (JSS), the program is in its third year, 53 skilled African-Australians have gone through the program and 40 per cent of those have found jobs at the bank. Round six will commence in September with 17 participants, including the first ever participant from Sydney.

      African-Australian Inclusion Program wins 2011 Melbourne Award



      The Brotherhood works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. They focus on people who are at risk at four critical stages (transitions) in their lives: children and families in the early years, both at home and in school young people in the years through school to work and further education adults seeking employment and training older people facing the challenges of retirement and ageing.

      Within this broad framework, The Brotherhood  pay particular attention to issues relating to refugees and settlement and money matters and have assisted several African-Australians.

      They undertake research, service development and delivery, and advocacy, with the objective of addressing unmet needs and translating their learning into new policies, programs and practices for implementation by government and others.

      The Brotherhood  aim to have a national voice on poverty and disadvantage. They believe that tackling poverty effectively requires the integration of social and economic policy, so that all Australians have the capacity and the resources to lead rewarding lives.

      The Brotherhood want to demonstrate how economic efficiency and social fairness can reinforce each other and lay the foundations for a new social safety net based on economic participation and opportunities.





      SERVICE STARS finds decent work for newly arrived migrants and refugees by providing relevant training and support for each participant.  Service Stars has strong and positive relationships  with partner employers, running courses as jobs become available .

      Service Stars has worked solidly within newly arrived communities and formed alliances with community leaders, Victoria Police, parliamentarians, local councils, local LLENS and church organisations.  Service Stars also works with other organisations to build strong partnerships and this includes Victoria University, Department of Human Services, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Sisters of Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project. 

      Service Stars has successfully placed around 93 people with the majority remaining in paid work or engaged in further education.  Service Stars grew from a developing and pilot programme in 2008.

      Training is provided and is industry specific, preparing each person for success.  The modules have been developed in consultation with industry and provide for basic industry skills and job ready knowledge. 

      Participants enter the labour market with partner employers and over time this positive start to employment leads to pathways for increased working hours, transfers into other industries or further training.   Service Stars ensures that each person has the strength, confidence, skills and knowledge in order to plan ways to live independently and long term from the welfare system.  Each participant is mentored and supported for the first 12 months.



      Slater& Gordon was founded in 1935 by William Slater, a man with a strong sense of social justice.  The firm’s ethos is to provide access to justice for everyday people and to put the interests of clients first. Slater & Gordon is a community-minded firm and it has long recognised the value of social work services in addressing the complex issues that people may face as they move through the process of claiming compensation. For these reasons, the firm established a free social work service in 2009 to assist its clients and are proud to be the first law firm in Australia to offer such a service.


      The Slater & Gordon Social Work Team has assisted many members of the African communities in a number of ways, including assisting a low income client who lived in an overcrowded house to access community housing; assisting a homeless client to obtain a Centrelink income to then enable them to access housing; and successfully advocating for a client with a severe brain injury to avoid imprisonment related to criminal charges.


      Slater & Gordon's general legal services include all areas of liability and compensation law including Motor Vehicle Accident, Workers Compensation, Asbestos, Medical Law and Public Liability Practice Groups, as well as Superannuation (both Temporary and Permanent Disability). The firm's legal services also include Family Law, Wills and Probate, Commercial Disputes and Litigation and a Business Advisory Service.


      Slater & Gordon is proactive in ensuring that clients from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are not disadvantaged due to language or cultural barriers. The firm strives to ensure that CALD clients have the same access to our services as every other English speaking client.  Lawyers at the firm come from a diverse range of backgrounds and ensure the needs of their clients are easily assessed and acted upon promptly.


      Slater & Gordon's guiding principle is to be a law firm that achieves the best outcomes for everyday people and this includes clients from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In 2012 Slater & Gordon represented the Sunshine Heights Western Tigers Football Club (a South Sudanese soccer team based in the western suburbs of Melbourne) who were subjected to on-field racism. The initial Tribunal hearing did not sufficiently address the core issue of racism and hence Slater & Gordon assisted the club in appealing the initial decision to the Tribunal’s Appeal Board. The appeal was successful and resulted in the strengthening of penalties to curb racist incidents on and off the field.


      At Slater & Gordon, staff are encouraged to engage in and give back to the community. One of Slater & Gordon's lawyers, Kot Monoah, was recognised at last year’s event for his services to the African community. Kot has presented legal education seminars for the African community a number of times where he offered them advice on making TAC and Workcover claims, and educates community representatives about legal services available to them and their families. Through the Slater & Gordon Community Fund, the firm is committed to improving access to justice and legal education for minority groups and the disadvantaged through philanthropic support.


      One of our other lawyers, Ike Nwokolo, is the current president of the Nigerian Society of Victoria and a mentor with The African Visitation and Mentoring Program (AVAMP). Ike also ran the Melbourne marathon in 2011 to raise money for an African family whose child was killed by a pit bull dog.


      With more than 1200 staff located in more than 70 locations in Australia – as well as having offices in the United Kingdom – Slater & Gordon has one of the largest and widest networks of law offices in the country and is Australia’s largest consumer law firm.


      Africa Amara is a Television show about Africa created in Australia.  The show has a complete episode done and is to be broadcast on television in the near future.  All updates about the show and broadcasting will be available through their website.  

      Africa Amara shines a light on Africa, the African people in Australia and the relationship between Australia and Africa.  It is created to alter the perception about Africa in the west, particularly in Australia.

      According to Africa Amara:

      "The image of Africa has been tinted by all sorts of mishap, if you are not from Africa and has never been there, the image of Africa you probably have is that of a “dark continent” looming with all sorts of troubles."

      This show is meant to promote the image of Africa and elaborate on all the positive features of the continent. It is by all means an Australian show, created and inspired by the positive relationship between Australia and Africa.   Many observers are oblivious to the progressive activities going on between Australia and Africa. This show presents a side of Africa that is never seen on Australian or Western media.
      It will do so by looking at general developments with African Australians, business related matters and astonishing places to visit in Africa."



      Richard Dove is the Victoria Police Multicultural Liaison Officer for Melbourne’s western suburbs. He is a published children’s author; a Rotary Foundation recipient for Group Study Exchange to Russia/Siberia in 2007 and is a human rights champion within Victoria Police.

      Richard chaired and co-wrote the Wyndham Sudanese Community Forum Report in 2008; co-organised and facilitated the Melton African Community Forum 2011; co-created and co-facilitates the Catholic Care African Dads and Kids Camping Program since 2007 (appearing on ABC Compass in 2012). Richard is a founding member and co-organiser/facilitator of the Hobsons Bay NEC Youth Leadership Program since 2006 and has assisted and supported hundreds of programs involving African communities in Victoria since 2005. He often represents Victoria Police in the media and organisationally, providing advice on multicultural issues.

      Aegis Aspire is one of the largest RTOs in Australia specializing in pre-employment training. Our aim is to connect community groups with real employment opportunities and to assist with integration and empowerment. This year, Aegis Aspire have been working closely with the African Community, in consultation with State and Federal Government,  to provide pathways into employment with Aegis or with its key internal clients from the banking, finance and insurance sectors. Aegis Aspire currently have three Pre-Employment Classes dedicated to the African Community facilitated by African Community Leaders (photos below.) For these students Aegis Aspire provide:
      ·         Work Experience Opportunities
      ·         Nationally Recognised Training 
      ·         Interviews with major Australian Employers
      The success of Aegis's diversity can also be seen in the make up of its workforce:
      ·         55 nationalities (475 employees)
      ·         employees that speak 68 languages
      Aegis is also a major sponsor to The North Melbourne Foot Ball Club at the hear of the Central Melbourne district. This area is mainly populated of people from African Back ground from Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and many central and West African countries origin who resides permanently in North Melbourne and Flemington areas.
      Aegis also won & operate Diversity @ Work, Australia’s leading Diversity and Inclusion specialists, consulting with ASX 200 clients to help them leverage diversity to achieve their business goals.
      Please see below some pictures on Aegis’s involvement with the African community in Australia.
      Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential - by partnering
      with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.
      Jesuit Social Services African program provides peer support and mentoring to the children and young people in public housing in Flemington, St Albans and nearby suburbs. The program works in partnership with African community organisations to strengthen newly arrived communities.  Specific activities include referral, information sessions, mentoring of organisations, a twice weekly Homework Club, sporting and recreation activities, family liaison, and facilitating community events such as Eid Festival.
      The focus is also on settlement support for newly arrived people: ensuring graduation from schools, involvement in training and tertiary education, social participation and positive employment outcomes. A broad approach including recreation and community events is encouraged, with involvement of the whole family and African community organisations in finding solutions.
      Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was initially established in 1980 to provide settlement services for migrants and refugees living in the Northern region incorporating the municipalities of Yarra, Darebin, Whittlesea, Banyule, Nillumbik, Hume and Moreland.
      In the past 10 years, the Spectrum MRC was known as the Northern Migrant Resource Centre (NMRC). In 2007, it launched its new name, Spectrum MRC, in recognition of its new innovative services and programs serving migrants and refugee clients beyond northern metropolitan Melbourne. We offer statewide services such as Spectrum Immigration services, Spectrum Education and Training Centre, cultural and multilingual Aged Home Care & Personal Support for carer families, as well as launching several unique and innovative parenting and intergenerational youth programs supporting new refugee and migrant families choosing to settle in Victoria.
      The Footscray Community Legal Centre  is a community organisation that provides free legal and financial counselling services in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Footscray CLC has dedicated refugee legal services which assist people with: tenancy and housing disputes, debt, fines, car accidents, divorce and separation, family violence, disputes with Centrelink, disputes with banks, problems with essential services such as gas and electricity providers and problems arising from other debts (e.g. personal loans, car finance, Foxtel).

      Footscray CLC has also produced a number of advocacy reports in relation to the legal and financial problems experienced by clients of refugee background, which includes:


      The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)  is a community based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

      CMY help refugee and migrant young people create new lives in Australia. CMY do this by focusing on their strengths and putting them at the centre of all their work. This approach allows CMY to develop stronger communities, support other service providers and influence positive change at local, state and national levels. Working from offices in Broadmeadows, Carlton, Dandenong, Sunshine and Morwell CMY's 60 staff and 800 volunteers support young people in areas such as education and employment pathways, justice, homelessness, resettlement and participation.

      CMY services include:

      * One to one case work for the most        disadvantaged

      * Leadership opportunities for young people wanting to create change

      * Capacity building opportunities for service providers

      * Training and professional development

      * Research and policy development

      * Volunteering opportunities
      AMES is one of the leading organizations supporting migrants and refugees in Australia. Since inception in 1951 AMES provided settlement services, training, and employment services to new settlers in Australia. Particularly migrants and refugees from Africa greatly supported through AMES in their new home country Australia. AMES has grown to provide settlement, education and employment services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients. Prior to becoming an autonomous Adult Education Institution, incorporated under the Adult Community and Further Education Act, AMES was a Service Agency of the Victorian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Training.

      AMES continues to seek innovative ways to partner with employers to achieve positive employment and settlement outcomes for newly arrived migrants and refugees. AMES undertakes a range of activities to provide credible evidence to inform the government and other stakeholders about the policies and practices impacting on the settlement of refugees and migrants. Migrants and refugees come to Australia with different backgrounds. This is likely to be a source of considerable variation in their experiences of settling and finding work in Australia.


      AMES is passionate about assisting people to find employment. AMES is currently exploring options to offer different types of programs in a range of vocational training on a more regular basis. Another way that AMES develops training and employment opportunities for newly arrived migrants and refugees is through investment in Social Enterprises.  It also provides Australian work experience for participants to add to their resume as well as a local reference.  These opportunities can be a real confidence boost for people who have been struggling to find work in Australia.  AMES aims to convince government and corporate sectors to use social enterprise service more often as a cost effective way of generating social returns and to support migrants. AMES also focuses on fostering and continually developing strong links to employers, particularly those employers within migrant communities and those that can offer opportunities for those with professional skills.

      The Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) was established in 1988 as part of Australia’s Bicentennial Year.
      The aims and objectives of the Foundation are; to cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures and by so doing to advance its social and economic well-being; the promotion of an awareness among the people of Australia of the diversity of cultures within Australia and the contribution of people from all cultures to the development of Australia; and the spread of respect and understanding between all cultural groups through any appropriate means.
      The Australian Multicultural Foundation achieves its aims by adopting issues of national significance and initiating project and programs in a variety of fields and activities. Over the last twenty years the AMF has promoted a socially cohesive society through its initiation of projects and research, nationally and internationally in such diverse issues including the arts and culture, education and training, health, religions, volunteering, leadership, and many others.
      The AMF has been involved in projects and research specifically focusing on emerging issues and this has included projects to benefit the African communities within Australia. Some examples;
      Western Metropolitan Area Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Health Promotion Project (2006), which explored the mental wellbeing and social connectedness of seniors from the Horn of Africa, in particular, Somali, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Sudanese communities. Recommendations from this project were implemented by the AMF through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, through the project Understanding dementia: empowering the community through peer education (2009/10) to deliver health promotion messages (on dementia) to the African communities through trained peer educators.
      The AMF implemented a national dementia radio campaign on SBS radio in-language programs, funded through Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing (2010) to deliver health promotion messages to newly arrived and emerging communities including African communities. Again funded by Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, the AMF is currently delivering another National Dementia campaign specifically targeting the Amharic speaking communities including editorial programs and talkback with a general practitioner on SBS Amharic radio program.
      Community Policing Partnership Program (2007-2010), a partnership between the AMF, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Police Services and communities an initiative aimed to build relationships and a sense of trust between communities and police in multiple locations around Australia. Thirty Eight projects were funded nationally over three years with several projects specifically working with African communities.
      The AMF project Bridging the Gap (2009), funded by the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, addressed intergenerational issues and barriers between community elders and young Muslim men. The project targeted three communities one of which was the African community where the AMF partnered with the African Think Tank.
      The AMF was contracted by the Victorian Office of Gambling (2010) to review selected community problem gambling programs and campaigns with a view to identifying the level of community awareness, uptake of services and any potential gaps within the African community.
      The AMF is currently sponsoring the Team Africa, Harmony Day football match, 2012.
      The AMF also auspices Sports without Borders a not-for-profit organisation to support young people from migrant and refugee background to engage in sports. Sports without Borders through projects and sponsorship have engaged many young African people into sports within Australia.
      The Huddle is the North Melbourne Football Club’s community and education arm, established by the Scanlon Foundation, and supported by the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. 
      The Huddle aims to improve social cohesion in North Melbourne and surrounding areas, particularly targeting disengagement among young people. It offers a range of innovative education and community programs, working with local primary and secondary schools, as well as community groups and partner organizations. 
      North Melbourne Foot ball Club (The Huddle) is a modern and innovative educational and community facility embedded within the North Melbourne Football Club. The focus of the Huddle is to enhance social cohesion by addressing youth disengagement in the local area, and to re-define the way in which sporting organisations interact with their communities.
      The Huddle embodies the North Melbourne Football Club’s engagement with its local community through its aims to: 
      - Create community value 
      - Enhance an existing community asset 
      - Run community and sports programs 
      - Develop sustainable community initiatives 
      - Generate economic activity and employment 
      - Improve environmental outcomes 
       North Melbourne brings people together to learn and develop in varied programs, whether in The Huddle classroom, on the famous turf of the Arden Street Oval, in schools, clubs, businesses and community organizations. This plays an important role in bridging gaps in rapidly growing and diverse communities.  In particular the club is closely working with African Communities and support in establishment Team Africa.
      North Melbourne has always been a club that is in-meshed within its local community - a club that cares for its local community.” 
      John Brumby, Premier of Victoria.
      This year African Australian community members have made history  as the first African Australian team to play Aussie rules “football game” in Melbourne. After more than two months of intensive Sunday training sessions at Arden St North Melbourne, (Kangaroos football ground) the Australian rules football TeamAfrica (Warriors), competed in the Harmony Cup on Sunday 18th March 2012.
      Team Africa players represent Africa as a united community and they made Africans proud with their gallant performance at the Harmony cup accompanied with respect and appreciation for the cultures of their competitors.  

      Team Africa players, officials, and supporters came from various African backgrounds including Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Congo, Ghana & Botswana.


      On Sunday 25th March 2012 African Warrior players who were under 18 years of age competed in the "Unity Cup" which is supported by the AFL Multicultural Program and the Australian Federal Police, it featured teams from Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. 


      Six of the players who competed in the "Unity Cup" have been selected as part of AFL Victoria’s Multicultural Academy (Under 18 only)- they will also attend and start a leadership and development program, a great new initiative of the AFL- as well as getting to play in a curtain raiser before the AFL’s Multicultural round in July.

      Team Africa is about uniting the Melbourne African community for the purpose of playing sport.  It is important and it is our intention that through sport we create opportunities for our athletes and members.
      Team Africa has since formed an incorporated association and hopes to increase the access of young people from African backgrounds to sporting and personal development opportunities, not just boys but also young girls and their families and general engagement in the community. The money will go towards helping to achieve this, using sport and other activities to increase social cohesion and higher engagement in community activities, promoting inter-culturalism in the local community.




      The African Women’s Council of Australia was formally launched on 19 March 2010 by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, however, it has been providing the following services since 2007 to members of the African communities as well as the wider community in addressing issues affecting African communities:

      • Informational and psycho-social educational awareness (e.g. ‘Living in Australia and how to be a happy and productive citizen’)
      • Advocacy and referral
      • Capacity and confidence building
      • Community outreach home visiting
      • Women’s healthy and wellbeing
      • Education awareness – women and their children
      • Community consultations
      • Housing
      • Domestic /Family violence
      • Child protection
      • African parenting sessions
      • Promoting and supporting African Women’s Human rights against the perpetuation of harmful traditional practices such as the Female Genital Mutilation
      • Providing support services for the African Girl-Mother
      • Citizenship Test preparation and English language classes
      • Reading and writing classes for women and their children
      • Academic advising and Career counseling for African youth
      • Awareness programs for youths (especially for those facing educational challenges) Schools outreach visitations
      • Social and cultural awareness sessions for schools on how to engage with African students (e.g. Morley Senior High School since 2008, Melville Senior High School, North Lakes Senior High School and Majella Catholic Primary School in Balga).
      • Youth education and sports activities for African children and Youth such as the program with South Fremantle Football Club, and discussions with Perth Glory.
      • Legal support for women and youths
      • Co-counseling sessions
      • Welfare support for the sick and bereaved families
      • Social and cultural values
      • Intermittent emergency relief support
      • Annual general distribution of emergency support
      • Supporting and providing guidance to the Mentoring Program for African girls and developing a pool of African Youth Ambassadors and young leaders
      • Home Visits
      • Hospital Visits
      African Professionals of Australia Inc (APA) is a non-for profit organisation incorporated and registered to carry on business through out Australia. Currently it has operations in Western Australia and New South Wales. APA’s motto is “united for professional impact”.

      APA's mission is not to deliver a service, to a group of people; its mission is to employ the platform of association and partnership to pursue and achieve continued positive professional relevance and impact, among professionals of African origin, on the Australian community at large. APA is to utilize the vehicle of its organization to achieve vision-congruent outcomes not just within its membership but for all Australia-resident professionals (both prospective and current) of African origin in general.

      This Includes:

      * Enhancement of personal and professional development as well as career management

      * Provision and facilitation of environment optimal for professional networking

      Inspiration, stimulation and motivation of professional excellence

      * Facilitation of optimal professional integration as well as enhancement of compatibility of foreign qualifications with Australian standards

      * Promotion of positive contributions and commitment to the growth of the Australian community


      The Afriqan Times is a new multi-media conceived to project the character and spirit of Africans in Australia and around the world.

      The past decade has seen tens of thousands of Africans integrating into Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Before the last decade, there were others who also made Australia their home. They have made, and continue to make significant contributions to economic growth, intellectual development and cultural diversity.

      The Afriqan Times is a unique platform for such pioneers and countless others whose collective experiences embody life in the 21st century.

      Operating from Perth in Western Australia, Afriqan Times Australia will reflect accurately the aspirations of the Australian community with an African flavour, and a tasteful reach to people everywhere.

      Afriqan Times will constantly feature variety of news on politics, business, sports, fashion and entertainment. Regular profiles will reveal ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make a difference. Afriqan Times is committed to contributing to the richness of life, and beyond that, truly stand up to the challenges of our times. Afriqan Times will stay tuned to you, and listen to you as they find even better ways to make things happen.