Pacific Islands Council of South Australia
WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
- Voice of South Australian Pacific Islanders to State and Federal government
- Fostering community cohesive initiatives
- community capacity building
- Develop collaborative relationships with communities (NGO's) outside of Pacific Islands Communities
- Partnership with NGO, Corporate, Federal and State Government.
- Advocacy Role
- Social enterprise
KEY FOCUS AREAS
Providing workshops and initiative to support family cohesion, building capacity in parents and children to strengthen family unity. Partnering with Department of Child Protection and local NGO to identify and equip parents to participate in child fostering program.
PICSA partners with APICC ministry ( Aboriginal & Pacific Islands Christian Community) and local church to create a platform for connection and development where Pacific Islanders and the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander community to explore, share and develop their Christian faith.
Providing avenue for youth capacity building and development, physically, Mentally, Spiritually. Developing leadership skills. Career building.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT
PICSA contributes by partnering with local training provider to engaging communities in furthering their studies or accessing training for employment. Partnering with employment agencies to engage Pacific Islanders in specified roles. Supporting International students from the Pacific Islands who are furthering their studies in South Australia.
PICSA continues to explore business opportunities and creative financial pathways to encourage the Pacific Islands Community in contributing positively to the wider Australian economy.
LANGUAGE & CULTURAL HERITAGE
PICSA provides a platform for all Pacific Islands community inclusive of Timor Leste, to show case their culture and language. PICSA is also in the process to establish the first Pacific Islands School of Language and Culture where communities will provide language and cultural classes. PICSA currently runs a Pacific Islands cultural club on a fortnightly basis. This is an initiative that focuses on teaching Pacific Island kids about the various cultures of the Pacific.
The Fijian School of Language and Culture SA, a member of PICSA, runs Fijian language classes fortnighly at the Westbourne Park Community Centre.
PACIFIC MOBILITY PROGRAM
PICSA has been involved in the Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme Program in the last few years. Recently, PICSA has partnered with Salvation Army, Uniting Church of Australia (Victoria /Tasmania) and the Pacific Islands Council of Queensland to secure a one million dollars, tender provided by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment to provide support and connection to Seasonal Workers all around Australia. As a result has employed a regional coordinator who will be coordinating support and assistammce to Seasonal Workers in South Australia and Western Australia.
A month ago, PICSA completed a Pacific Labour Facility pilot program to provide support to Pacific Labour Scheme workers who are working at an Abattoir about four hours from Adelaide. This was a six month pilot program which focused on Employer, Community organisation and employee collaborative approach in creating a strong enviroment for the workers excel in.
It is PLF's intention that the program be replicated around the country once the pilot is completed successfully.
HEALTH and WELL BEING
PICSA provides avenues to provide positive Health awareness workshops, preventative approach and well being. PICSA provides this avenues in partnership with local agencies and NGO's. For Instances, 'life be in it' Cancer Foundation, Public Health Network (PHN).
Organising sports day in partnerships with local governments (councils)
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
PICSA engages in initiatives that promote the Pacific Islands Culture through different platforms of Art, i.e. Musical, Theatre, contemporary music, dance. PICSA often partners with local Pacific Islands entertainment groups to present performances in various location around the state.
SPORT AND RECREATION
PICSA engages in sports and recreation initiatives through partnerships with local sporting bodies to provide opportunity for the local Pacific Islands community. This includes the South Australian Rugby Union, Life be in it, South Australian Rugby Rugby Union. PICSA runs up to three sports carnivals are year for the local Pasifika community and the seasonal workers and Pacific Labour Scheme community.
PICSA is working towards establishing a womens group
PICSA men participates in the Mens group managed by the Multicultural Community Council of South Australia.
PICSA is working towards establishing a senior citizen program