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On this page, we will showcase Australian organizations, businesses and individuals providing wonderful services and assistance to the African communities in New South Wales. Feel free to send logos, pictures and profiles of those you know. Thank you

Gadigal Information Services- Koori Radio 93.7FM

 Gadigal Information Service provides spaces for Aboriginal and other Indigenous people to develop their inherent story telling abilities. Every day we honour the world’s oldest living cultures as our ancestors did, with words, music, images and performance. Through our technically sophisticated media arts hub in Redfern, Sydney we provide opportunities for Kooris, Murris, Gooris and all Aboriginal Australians as well as Torres Strait Islanders, Pacific Islanders and many other First Nations mobs to share their news, information and creativity. How We Achieve this We have persisted to establish media platforms so Aboriginal voices can be heard in Australia’s most competitive media city. The greater Sydney area is also home to the greatest concentration of Aboriginal people in the country. As Koori Radio 93.7FM 2LND we are known for our Live ‘n Deadly broadcasting, providing news, views and music the other media don’t. This is a vital service and lifeline to over 100,000 listeners, connecting them with the greater community. Our newest platform, Kr00 Koori Radio Digital online offers this broadcast service and more to a worldwide audience. - r Australian community in giving voice to the community with long running African programs and support of the community and African artists.


Kathy Novak

Presenter and Reporter

World News Australia

Twitter: @Kathy_Novak

Facebook: Kathy Novak SBS

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 331902 9430 3319 or

Lidcombe TAFE Outreach has been working with the SOMALI community for over 3 years delivering targeted training to newly ar
rived 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 451300 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.


Inkumburwa Dance Group, a Rwandan Cultural group which always proudly represent the Rwandan culture in several events such as Harmony Day, Rwandan Cultural Day, Africa Day, African Cultural and diner Nite, just to mention a few.


Lat Dior

African Restaurant

Originally known as Kilimanjaro and situated in Oxford Street Sydney, this was one of the original African restaurants in Sydney more than 30 years ago. Kilimanjaro soon became the most exotic eatery in the City and attracted patrons from all over Sydney. Traditional West African food and music featured and soon became a meeting place for the community. Kilimanjaro soon moved to popular Newtown and instantly became the doorway to Africa. A wonderful map of Africa painted on the outside of the building enhanced the ethnicity of Newtown and the map is still there today not once being destroyed by graffiti. In addition to Kilimanjaro, the owners Bineta and Mohammed soon opened another more Senegalese traditional restaurant, Lat Dior in nearby Enmore and continue to this day to serve traditional Senegalese food.



The Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPD Int.) is a community organisation with a target group of 4 communities for 4 Countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and D R Congo). The main aim of GLAPD Int. is to promote Peace and Development among the 4 communities. GLAPD Int. is also involved in ensuring safe settlement of refugees and migrants from Africa Great Lakes region as well their smooth integration in the wider Australian community. So far, GLAPD Int. has achieved a lot such as assisting migrants and refugees through the settlement programs through referrals for different services and programs, the Great Lakes Harmony get together which was attended by 200 people from the Great Lakes region as well as the other Australians, Conflict resolution, career Development and health workshops, Families in cultural transition trainings, the Annual General Meeting and many many more.


Naomi Steer

Naomi Steer
Founding National Director
Australia for UNHCR

Naomi is the founding National Director of Australia for UNHCR, which raises funds for the international humanitarian programs of the United Nations Refugee Agency. Since it was established in 2000, Australia for UNHCR has raised more than $110 Million for UNHCR’s programs and is the third largest private sector donor to UNHCR globally and the first on a per capita basis.  Australia for UNHCR  has  a very diverse workforce with many  staff having strong links to Africa as well as elsewhere across the globe .Under Naomi’s leadership A4UNHCR has supported UNHCR’s emergency humanitarian operations globally and funded a number of important program such as :

reproductive health services for  women in Chad and Somalia;

the first  ever secondary school in Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda ;

the establishment of  the first ever  computer and technology centre also in Nakivale connecting thousands  of refugees to the world;

 A livelihood program supporting women and girls in Uganda who are victims of SGVB.

 Naomi was recently named a finalist in the 2014 NSW Telstra  Business Women’s Awards.

Leading Australia for UNHCR, Naomi has supported unique connections between Africa and Australia through encouraging individual Australians to support refugees and displaced people across Africa. She also has promoted a diverse workforce in A4UNHCR with many staff hailing from Africa. Naomi has initiated wide ranging public awareness activities in the Australian community around refugee issues and Africa ncluding hosting a recent visit and exhibition of award winning Nairobi based Reuters Thompon photographer Thomas Mukoya. She has been an active participant in the Australian African Studies Association and Australia African Business Council.Most importantly Naomi she has encouraged refugee women in the Australian community such as A4UNHCR Special Representative Aminata Conteh , to speak out and be strong advocates for refugee women .



South African Airways is the leading airline on the African continent with the largest route network, fastest connections, most modern fleet and award-winning customer service. SAA has been flying between Australia and South Africa for over fifty years.

With the most awards of any airline operating in Africa, SAA connects to more than 24 African countries regularly, in some cases twice daily, utilizing modern Airbus aircraft and with well-recognized customer service and product standards.

No other airline knows Africa like we do, from Africa’s warmest welcome as you check-in to the best on- board cuisine, in flight entertainment and service in the air and on the ground.

SAA has Africa’s best on-time record, meaning our customers reach their destination in the fastest and most direct way possible.

With direct daily flights from Perth to South Africa and connections to the rest of Australia using our code share partner network, no other carrier serves Australians better as they explore the world’s most exciting continent whether they are travelling on business, for pleasure or visiting friends and relatives.

As Australians continue to put Africa at the top of their “bucket list”, only SAA offers the best way to explore Africa and reach its huge number of exciting destinations.

For more information on SAA flights and reservations please click here or call 1300 435 972

Click here to see all SAA media releases.




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.


South Sudanese Sports and Leisure club


Universal Peace Federation is an international organisation that has been sanctioned by the United Nations as Ambassadors for Peace. They work throughout Africa and other parts of the world and they have been catalysts in organising recognition of Africa Day worldwide and particularly in Australia where they have hosted Celebrations including Africa's Got Talent.

Universal Peace Federation has continued to support (financially and morally) African Australian organisations including Africa Day Councils, NSW and Victoria. They work to assist families and communities to work towards support of families and across all cultures.

 As you view UPF's website you will see that our work is evident across the world, north, south, east and west, throughout ten UPF regions, spanning six continents, and with active chapters in about 100 nations around the world.

There are many critical challenges facing our world at this time, from poverty and climate change to conflict and inequality. At the same time, the rise of civil society initiatives and the expansion of "track two" diplomatic efforts involving people-to-people relations, provide new dynamics that can complement and support the work of governments in the search for solutions to our world's most pressing problems.

UPF has developed a strong track record of accomplishment. Our commitment to service, partnership and cooperation are hallmarks of our work. Through forums, seminars, conferences, service programs and interfaith peace initiatives, UPF is building a global network of peace builders to contribute to a world of sustainable peace in which everyone can live in freedom, harmony, cooperation and prosperity.

We invite you to join our effort, share your ideas and contribute to this global effort to build a world of sustainable and lasting peace.

The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace in which everyone can live in freedom, harmony, cooperation and prosperity. Peace is not simply the absence of war or a term that applies only to the relationships among nations. Peace is an essential quality that should characterize all relationships.

UPF advocates renewal of the United Nations, including a proposal that the UN create an interreligious council within its structures. UPF implements its programs through a global network of Ambassadors for Peace.

UPF encourages all religions to dialogue and cooperate for peace based upon the recognition that human dignity derives from a universal divine source that is the basis of harmony and unification.

UPF offers relief and humanitarian programs, service-learning projects, character education and sports programs with a special focus on personal leadership and peacemaking skills.


Africa United Rugby League- Blacktown PCYC Youth Development

Steve Warwick
Blacktown Club President / Rugby League Co-Ordinator 

Steve seeks sponsorship and coordinates fundraising to provide the players with playing uniform, transports the players in the PCYC bus to training and games. 

He has been instrumental in forming the Africa United Rugby League and arranging tours for the African heritage players to play against other States.

During training sessions Steve would arrange African community leaders to come and educate the youth on their culture and provide opportunities for the players from African backgrounds to share their cultural stories with others. We see this as a valuable opportunity to build bridges for positive cultural exchange in Rugby League and the wider community.

In 2012 Steve won the New South Wales Rugby League Multicultural award for his commitment in using Rugby League as a vehicle to integrate African youth into the community. He works with the parents to provide them with volunteer opportunities and provides them with training.

Steve is a servant to the African community. He has a great passion for helping the youth and their families reach their full potential through the valuable time he invests in them. He plays a valuable role in Rugby League in achieving our mission of bringing people together to enrich their lives


Afro Kids Dance Group


Afro Kidz is an exciting children’s African dance troupe keeping the spirit of Africa alive in the next generation and dancing with pure joy!


From all over Africa including Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Mauritius and Tanzania. These kids perform with pure joy doing what comes so naturally... DANCE!

Afro Kidz is a dance troupe taught and choreographed by Rachel Bangoura of Sydney African Drum & Dance. Rachel is a well known and loved dancer/teacher, particularly known for West African style dance.

Afro Kidz are dressed by Maisha Designs, a unique kid's African clothing range, handmade and designed in Sydney, Australia. Maisha Designs supports orphaned children in Uganda, through Ugandan Pearls, by sponsoring children with proceeds from sales.


The Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre works with newly arrived migrants (Family reunion and Refugees) to assist them to take part in local life in Liverpool. We help migrants by providing direct assistance on problems and challenges that face them when newly arrived such as help with enrolling children in school, housing information, health services, etc. The Liverpool MRC also assists community and groups with support, information and advice, and with limited support to infrastructure. The Liverpool MRC continues its support to communities by representing their needs to planning bodies, NGO’s and services by its involvement in networks such as the Migrant Interagency Network, Families and Children Network and Youth network.


Igbo Community Association Sydney

Outstanding Community Association



A personal point of view:I’ve known Mike Flynn for nearly 20 years and we’ve played in a band together for most of that time. In 2005 Mike left Bondi for Kenya to help in an orphanage for 6 weeks. Ten weeks later he rang and asked me to pack up his flat; he wasn’t coming home.Since then, Mike has dedicated his life to helping kids in Kenya. He started in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. He discovered that kids had no balls at all to kick around, let alone sport or organsied play.He put up a few posters and 40 kids came to a dusty field nearby where he held his first makeshift event. The kids seemed to like it. Next time 100 came, and then several hundred and soon word was out that this was different and good.He had little money but the Australian-mate connection was strong and Mike would text me and another band member, Matt, for cash to buy some balls and hoops as well as beans to cook up for the kids, half of whom were severely under-nourished. Mike lugged his stuff around town in a local bus and cooked up the grains in the field. Each week more kids came and Little Sports Organisation (LSO) was born. Today, 40,000 children go through the LSO program each week. The program is based on Australian Little Athletics. On the back of sport, LSO presents positive community messages about self-esteem, gender equality, and non-violence and fosters inclusive attitudes in a deeply tribal society. LSO is supported by the Australian Embassy in Nairobi, private donors, Plan International and the University of Birmingham. The organisation is expanding into Zimbabwe and other nearby countries. It has created hundreds of jobs for local youths as coaches and administrators. In schools, LSO is showing teachers how to use soccer’s red card/yellow card system for discipline rather than the usual corporal punishment. This has proven very popular with teachers.For more information please go to And view the 3min video on LSO and its relationship with an Australian mining company that takes ‘looking after the locals’ very seriously.


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/Family Support Project

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

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    WorldRemit is an online service that lets people send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

    It is a convenient, low-cost alternative to traditional money transfer companies that use high street agents and charge unreasonable fees.

    Money can be received as a bank deposit, cash pick-up, Mobile Money, or mobile airtime top-up.

    WorldRemit’s service is available to senders in 50 countries. We offer transfers to more than 110 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.

    Our vision

    We live in a world of instant global communication. Yet the business of sending money abroad has remained stuck in the past. Many money transfer companies still make their customers visit an agent and fill-out bits of paper. And despite the inconvenience, their rates are often punishing.

    WorldRemit brings money transfers online – making the whole process quicker, easier and more secure.

    We are committed to tackling the industry’s high-fees culture by giving people a low-cost alternative.

    WorldRemit also recognises that the way people use money is changing. Millions of us now rely on Mobile Money services instead of bank accounts, so we offer transfers directly to them.

    And because we understand the importance of staying connected, WorldRemit enables people to send mobile airtime top-ups.

    Our goal is to get your money - to your recipient - however they want it – whenever they need it.


    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.



    Sydney Windies Cricket Club

    Sydney Windies Cricket Club (SWCC) has been one of the longest established Afro sporting organisation. They have continued to keep the dream of cricket alive for all the community including bringing international guests to this country. They are recognised for the service to sport and for their multicultural ethics.

    SWCC was the first West Indies organisation in Australia founded in 1983. Membership consists of mainly West Indians living in Sydney. The Group’s common interests besides cricket were West-Indian music, foods and social functions that reflected Caribbean culture.

    The SWCC joined the Inter-Cultural Cricket Association in 1984/85 season. Mr Bunny Johnson our first President obtain permission from Mr Vivian I Richards then Vic Captain of the West Indies Cricket Team to use his name as part of the tournament name to be known as “The Vivian Richards Multicultural Cricket Competition”




    Managing Director Australia

    Founders - Don and Deyon Stephens

    Surviving the devastation wreaked by a tropical hurricane and witnessing the human suffering it left in its trail inspired Don Stephens to set up a hospital ship for the world’s most vulnerable people.

    In 1964, 19-year-old Don was visiting the Bahamas as part of a youth group when Hurricane Cleo swept through the region, in what was a one-in-a-hundred year storm. Don’s youth group took shelter in an aircraft hangar, but others were not so fortunate with Cleo claiming lives and destroying hundreds of homes. In the aftermath of the storm, he was struck by the words of suffering local people who pleaded for a hospital ship to treat their injured and provide urgently needed medicines.

    “The hearing of it challenged me,’’ said Don.

    It took years for this idea to reach fruition, but in 1978 Don’s goal became reality when he and fellow fundraisers paid $US1 million for the Victoria, a former cruise liner, and work began to convert her to a hospital ship. In 1982, the vessel, refitted with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward, sailed as the Anastasis – the first Mercy Ship.

    Since then, four ships, including the current vessel, the Africa Mercy, have served in 150 ports throughout developing nations, bringing hope, relief and healing to the most vulnerable people.

    For Don, Mercy Ships’ work has become a lifelong driving force. He is the current President while his wife, Deyon, a registered nurse, is the Director of Training and oversees the Ships Watchmen program.

    Their inspiring work has brought them awards and honours. Don received the Two Hungers Award and the Religious Heritage Award and in 2009 he and Deyon were honoured with the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award. Don is also a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary. He has written three books about Mercy Ships.

    Logan woman volunteers in Central Africa

    Logan’s Elza Varga has spent the last ten months volunteering her skills onboard the world’s largest hospital ship docked in the Republic of the Congo. “I had a childhood friend work with Mercy Ships as a nurse in 2012 while the ship was in Togo. Then I heard that there was a need and I wanted to do something that matters,” Miss Varga said.
    Ebola outbreak delays Mercy Ships sail to Africa

    Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa. The Mercy Ship now waits with crew and staff pending an end-of-August decision on its planned field service in Benin.
    Leichhardt nurse’s mercy mission to Central Africa

    Leichhardt nurse Nadia Nobili has returned home after two weeks of voluntary service onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in Central Africa with international medical charity Mercy Ships.
    Sydney nurse volunteers in Central Africa

    Sydney nurse Tahlia Darvas has traded her Royal North Shore Hospital surroundings for that of a hospital ship docked along the coast of Central Africa.

    Tamworth nurse returns to Africa to give back

    “I feel I have been very blessed in my life so this is a way of giving something back,” said Tamworth nurse Gail Wheeler of the two months she recently spent onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in Central Africa – her fourth period of voluntary service with international medical charity Mercy Ships in ten years.
    Traralgon nurse fulfills desire to serve overseas

    “I am just very blessed to be able to come over here and help,” said Traralgon nurse Michelle McEwan of the eleven weeks she recently spent with international medical charity Mercy Ships onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in Central Africa.
    Mercy Ships marks International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

    May 23rd is International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. In much of the developing world, basic obstetric care is inaccessible. Women must live with, or die from, the consequences of unattended childbirth. According to the United Nations, it is estimated that 2 million to 3.5 million women in developing nations currently suffer from obstetric fistulas, and between 50,000 and 100,000 new cases develop each year.

    Launceston family calls Africa home

    After more than three years living in Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea, the Republic of the Congo and soon Benin, it’s hard for the Rothwell family not to call West Africa home.

    Rolls-Royce to Support International Medical Charity Mercy Ships

    Rolls-Royce announced today support for Mercy Ships. Rolls-Royce will provide a comprehensive service offering for the equipment aboard the Africa Mercy, as well as access to world-class Rolls-Royce training facilities and direct financial support.
    Mercy Ships recognises International Nurses Day

    As the world acknowledges International Nurse’s Day, Mercy Ships recognises this profession’s critical contribution to delivering life-changing and life-saving healthcare to thousands of patients annually onboard the Africa Mercy. The world’s largest charity hospital ship would not be able to deliver healthcare services without its crew of exemplary volunteer nurses.
    Roland Decorvet to join Mercy Ships as Managing Director of Hospital Ship Africa Mercy

    Mercy Ships announced today that Roland Decorvet, Chairman & CEO of Nestlé China, will be joining the organisation as Managing Director of the Africa Mercy, the largest civilian hospital ship in the world.
    Wauchope nurse returns from medical mission to Central Africa

    “There is no better thing than to see people with such joyful smiles and such happiness living in places with the bare necessities,” said Wauchope nurse Becky-Lee Young of her recent two-month commitment with international charity Mercy Ships onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in Central Africa.
    Mackay couple puts faith into practice by volunteering in Africa

    Mackay couple Rodney and Jill Pronger have put faith into practice by swapping their life at home for a three-month commitment with international charity Mercy Ships onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in Central Africa.

    Fremantle man inspired to contribute in Central Africa

    “I just felt inspired to make a contribution,” Fremantle man Paul MacGillivary said after recently completing two months of voluntary service with international charity Mercy Ships onboard the hospital ship, Africa Mercy,in the Congo.
    Brisbane nurse volunteers in Central Africa

    “It is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life,” Underwood nurse Melissa Toh said of her two months of voluntary service onboard the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, in the Congo.
    Hawthorndene nurse gives back by volunteering in Africa

    “From the moment I started nursing I had always thought that one day I would like to do some sort of medical mission,” said Hawthorndene woman Caroline Stanley-Smith who has just completed four weeks of voluntary service onboard the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, in the Congo.
    Brisbane nurses find a new challenge in Central Africa

    For two nurses from Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, volunteering in Central Africa has provided a new challenge and valuable clinical experience.
    Victorian nurse provides life-changing health care to Central Africa

    “The amazing thing about living and working here is how your perspective changes,” said Collingwood nurse, Laura Collins, who has just completed two months of voluntary service with international medical charity Mercy Ships.
    Perth woman volunteers her time in the Congo

    "I felt I needed to grow mentally and spiritually


    Mercy Ship Volunteer - Award Nominees

    Sonja Dawson

    In 1993 I discovered an organisation called Mercy Ships. Through a rather unique set of events, I found myself heading to Ghana, West Africa in 1994 to join the crew of a 12,000 tonne floating hospital, signing up for a three month, voluntary RN position in the surgical ward on board. My initial willingness to volunteer for 3 months in International health work grew to a 12 year stretch. It was the setting for a steep learning curve and thrust me into a position of mentoring and leadership that most times I felt unprepared for.

    My time with Mercy Ships included leadership roles in the realms of clinical care, administration and management. In these roles I experienced heartache and great reward yet grew in leaps and bounds, both professionally and personally. As the years merged into over a decade, I nursed, taught, supported, and debriefed a myriad of multi-national expatriate and African colleagues and patients  through the process of giving holistic health care in a mission context until I was managing a staff of 90 health professionals. I experienced the learning process, and was privileged to contribute to and witness it in others. At the end of 2006 I decided it was time for a new season. I left, rather reluctantly. I returned to Australia, and took a position as a Lecturer in Nursing in 2007, and marrying in 2012.  I was a board member with Mercy Ships Australia for 3 years  on my return, and have maintained my connection with the organisation, regularly speaking to potential health professional volunteers. I am about to start a PhD programme through UTS. The proposal is “Nursing at Sea – An ethnographic study to investigate the quality nursing care on board Mercy Ships.


    Peter John Hopkins

    PJ Hopkins: After 15 years as a Sydney lawyer, PJ changed directions and joined the Salvation Army as a soldier and counsellor in the early 1990s, where he remained until late 2005. In early 2006 PJ commenced 5 years full time voluntary service with the international Christian medical mission organisation, Mercy Ships. He served as chaplain on two hospital ships that were stationed for lengthy periods in several African countries, namely Liberia, Togo, Benin, Ghana, The Republic of the Congo and South Africa. PJ returned to Australia in early 2011 and has served since then as a court chaplain with the Salvation Army. PJ's fascination with Africa began with a High School social studies project on Liberia.