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Multicultural Services of Central Australia began as a volunteer branch of the Darwin Migrant Resource Centre in 1985. In 1992 the MRC of Central Australia achieved full incorporation as an association in its own right and received direct funding from the then Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA).

In 2003 a new delivery model and a revised constitution allowing for a more diverse range of services to migrants and refugees led to a name change and a new organisation under the name of Multicultural Services of Central Australia Inc. Funding for the service now comes through the NT Government’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Interest in Australia for harmonious settlement of migrants and refugees has increased over the years and settlement in Rural-Remote-Regional Australia remains a priority at both the Commonwealth and Territory levels of government. At the local level, Alice Springs is very keen to receive and facilitate integration of people from many diverse countries. Government agencies and community services are ready to assist, and in the private sector, employers are supportive of workers who are here to stay.

In 2002, the need was identified in Central Australia to offer settlers of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds the support required to adapt and integrate to the Australian way of life. The sole organisation that offers this support is MCSCA which provides a first port of call with friendly and culturally sensitive orientation and information, and ongoing activities and events that promote harmony in the community.