Advance Diversity Services is a non-profit community organisation based in Rockdale that has been providing support services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities since 1981.
We provide a wide range of services to communities and families residing in St George and the Sutherland Shire, with a focus on recent arrived migrants, refugees, youth, families, older people, people with disabilities and their carers.
Our services include:
- Migrant Settlement services;
- Centre-based Day Care for older people;
- Home care package for frail aged;
- Disability Support;
- Mental Health;
- Carer support;
- Family, Women and Youth Program.
Our particular focus is on recent arrivals of migrant and refugee backgrounds, culturally diverse families, older people, women, youth, people with disabilities and their carers living in the St George and Sutherland Shire Local Government Areas.
Advance Diversity Services’ Settlement Services Program provides a range of settlement support services for newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants, living in St George and Sutherland areas, so they become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society.
We are a focal point in the region addressing people’s settlement needs.
Case work services. These provide one-to-one support to individuals offering advice, information and referral on social security/Centrelink, housing, employment and training, family support, taxation, recreational activities and others.
Information sessions and training workshops. These are for new arrivals to strengthen their skills and increase their knowledge of services and systems in Australia, thus maximising their access to the social economic opportunities available in the Australian community.
Support networks. Networks enable local migrant and refugee communities to build community support and satisfy cultural, educational and social needs.
Community capacity building activities. These activities support and encourage representation from local community members/leaders to advocate for positive changes. Current community reference groups comprise those from Arabic, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Chinese, Thai and Indonesian backgrounds.
Community development activities. Activities such as gardening, arts and crafts, recreational outings, cooking, sports and other cultural festival events promote cross-cultural awareness and social inclusion.
Advocacy. This involves stakeholder engagement at various forums and inter-agencies, including opportunities to engage at a policy level where opportunities arise. ADS convenes the monthly St George Multicultural Network and Chinese Services Network where service providers meet to network on multicultural service provision.
Advance Diversity Services
Business hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Head office address: 552 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216
Postal address: PO Box 381 Rockdale NSW 2216
Telephone: (02) 9597 5455