Welcome to Australian Croatian Community Services

Welcome to Australian Croatian Community Services

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Australian Croatian Community Services (ACCS) has a long and proud history beyond the official 30 years celebration in 2014, under the name of Croatian Community Welfare Association of Victoria (CCWAV) and previously as unincorporated association of individuals who worked hard to establish the foundations we have today.

1982 "First in Aid” Grant, received from DIEA   

1995 Community based Employment Program funded to assist people to gain skills for employment 

1984 Croatian Community Welfare Association of Victoria (CCWAV) incorporated 

  1996 Community Settlement Services Scheme program, funded by DIMIA 

1987 First funding for English language classes received from the Western Metropolitan Council of Further education 

  1998 Office in 40 Picket Street, Footscray was officially opened on 21 March by the Honourable Phillip Ruddock 

1988 DIEA funding reduced to a part time worker, successful community campaign to have funding for full time worker position reinstated. Funding received from Community Services Victoria for a part time worker.

  2002 First funding received for the Community aged Care Packages for North West (15) 

1991 First Croatian National Conference called CROWELL held at Marie Mill Centre 

  2004 ACCS commissioned a Ten Year Aged Care Plan 

1992 Several education and community programs launched HIV/AIDS Campaign, Domestic Violence Project, Family Outdoor Experience Program, School Holliday Program, Croatian Play Group. First HACC funding received for a research project called "The Invisible Elderly", a study of the needs of Croatian elderly in the western region

  2005 Additional Community Aged Care Packages received for North West (5) and South (10) and East (10) 

1994 First HACC funding for Friendly Visiting Program in the Western region Bureau of immigration and Population funded a research about Croatians in Australia Croatian community Welfare Association of Victoria (CCWAV) changed the name to Australian Croatian Community Services (ACCS) Inaugural Dinner Dance

  2006 Office in Dandenong was opened Launch of 10 Year Aged Care Plan Community Partners Program (CPP) funding received from DOHA 

2010 "Count Us In" Project launched 


2011 "Forgotten Art but not the People" Exhibition held First funding for HACC Planned Activity Groups in Southern Metropolitan Region received


2012 Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon. David Davis officially launched new planned activity groups in Endeavour Hills Two staff, Rosie Jurina and Senada Ekic received "Multicultural Award for Excellence" for their work in Croatian and Bosnian and Herzegovinian communities


2013 Launch of the Booklet “A new Beginning - Personal Experiences”                  ACCS received Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence – Meritorious Service to the Community


2014 Funding received for new program “Community Visitors Scheme”
Diversification – Initiatives for young people of Croatian heritage
Celebrated 30th Anniversary of ACCS

2018 Australian Croatian Community Services has opened its first regional office in Geelong.    
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