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Highlights

HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE

Australian Croatian Community Services (ACCS) has a long and proud history beyond this official 30 years celebration, 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 
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
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

1994

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

1995

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

1996

Community Settlement Services Scheme program, funded by DIMIA

1998

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

2002

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

2004

ACCS commissioned a Ten Year Aged Care Plan

2005

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

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" Exchibition 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