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ACCS has become an important part of the Victorian Multicultural community. In 2013 the organisation was awarded the Victoria Multicultural Award for Excellence – Meritorious Service to the Community.

Please check out this wonderful video capturing our first thirty years.

ACCS History

Here is a snap shot of events and achievements:
1982      First funding, Grant in Aid, received from Department of Immigration & Ethnic Affairs (DIEA)
1984 Croatian Community Welfare Association of Victoria (CCWAV) incorporated
1987 First funding for English language classes received from the Western Metropolitan Council of Further education
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.
1991 First Croatian National Conference called CROWELL held at Marie Mill Centre

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


First HACCfunding 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


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


Community Settlement Services Scheme program, funded by DIMIA


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


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


ACCS commissioned a Ten Year Aged Care Plan


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


Office in Dandenong was opened Launch of 10 Year Aged Care Plan

Community Partners Program (CPP) funding received from DOHA


"Count Us In" Project launched


"Forgotten Art but not the People" Exchibition held

First funding for HACC Planned Activity Groups in Southern Metropolitan Region received


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


ACCS received Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence - Meritorious Service to the Community