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Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Incorporated (MCSCA) began as a volunteer branch of the Darwin Migrant Resource Centre in 1985. In 1992, the Migrants Resource Centre of Central Australia achieved full incorporation as an association in its own right and began to receive direct funding from the then Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

In 2003, the organisation's focus changed to allow for a more diverse range of services for migrants and refugees and the multicultural community, and this was reflected in a change of name to Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Incorporated. Funding for MCSCA and our services now comes through the NT Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Interest in Australia for harmonious settlement of migrants and refugees has increased over the years and settlement in rural, regional and remote Australia remains a priority for both Commonwealth and Territory governments. Alice Springs has welcomed and assisted in the integration of people from a diversity of countries. Government agencies, community services and local employers have assisted migrants to settle and now call Alice Springs their home.

Now, there are approximately 6,000 migrants from 63 different countries living in Alice Springs. This represents approximately 23% of the population. There are sixteen incorporated ethnic associations.

• African Association of Central Australia

• Alice Springs Islamic Society

• Alice Springs Fijian Association

• Alice Springs Indian Community

• Alice Springs Malayalee Association Inc

• Balai Bahasa

• Central Australian Sikh Cultural Centre Inc

• Fiji Community of Central Australia

• Hindu Society of Alice Springs

• Indonesian Society

• Mabuhay Multicultural Association (Filipino)

• Nepalese Community Alice Springs Inc

• South Sudanese Association

• Sri-Lankan Association of Alice Springs

• West African Association

• Kenyan Association Alice Springs

MCSCA plays a vital role in promoting the diversity, cultural inclusion and harmony and in supporting these groups to develop their own cultural centres, places of worship and to maintain their cultural practices.

Are you interested in being involved and promoting a harmonious multicultural community in Alice Springs? Membership forms for MCSCA are available below or at the MCSCA office. Please contact us to find out more.

icon Membership Application-Renewal Form (91.99 kB)

Your input and contribution are encouraged and welcome.