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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new system for delivering support to people with disability aged birth to 64 years old.

The scheme has been in trial for the past few years and will be fully implemented in the Sydney Inner West and South East areas in July 2017.

In this introductory workshop you will:

– Learn the basic about the NDIS;

– Understand the eligibility entry;

– Learn how the NDIS works.

Childcare not available on this occasion.

Please do not bring your child/children.

Please note that this workshop is offered several times during 2017.

Dates for 2017:

Saturday 4th February: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Saturday 11th February: Session facilitated in MANDARIN

Tuesday 7th March: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Tuesday 4th April: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Saturday 6th May: Session facilitated in ARABIC

To register: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ndis-the-basics-an-introductory-session-registration-30284275082



Members of ADS youth club and their parents and grandparents participated on a project called ‘Windows on St George’, which is a partnership project with Shopfront Theatre.
There will be an exhibition taking place in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on 21, 22, 23 October, featuring performances, films, craft building and visual art created by ADS youth club and other young participants. Please do join us !
Windows on St George – How do you connect to the world around you? 200 young people from the St George region become explorers of their area through film, photography and visual art. Discover their stories of memory, diversity and place.


The event brings the community together and welcomes newly arrived migrants by providing useful information to assist with their settlement in Australia, as well as showcasing the rich diversity of the community through cultural performances. There will also be a special cultural stall featuring sale of cultural items with free henna art under ADS’s Cultural Hub, a social enterprise initiative to support migrants and refugees to be financially sustainable.


White Ribbon Night – Video

“I am more than proud and humbled to participate in this highly significant White Ribbon Night program. As a White Ribbon Male Advocate, I believe that we have more serious responsibility to contribute to the overall success and good will of the campaign”

Raju Manandhar, White Ribbon Male Advocate

Raju Manandhar is one of the eight newly graduated White Ribbon Male Advocates in the St George and Sutherland region from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese backgrounds who became community role models to champion the prevention of violence against women at our White Ribbon Night on Thursday 28 July 2016 at St John’s Anglican Church, Rockdale.

With the objective of changing attitudes for women to live a life free of violence, increasing knowledge on supportive community and legal systems and a better appreciation of respectful family relationships, ADS conducted various information sessions for women and men including the recruitment of these White Ribbon Male Advocates and the development of a Domestic Violence Male Advocates Tool.

White Ribbon Night is an annual event on the last Friday of July to raise awareness and funds to support an end to men’s violence against women. On this night, Australians are encouraged to have a Night in to Get the Word Out about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention. More than 100 people participated in the White Ribbon Night event and Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador & Advocates Program of White Ribbon Australia presented Certificates to the White Ribbon Male Advocates and led the White Ribbon Oath with the audience.

A Domestic Violence Male Advocates Tool designed by the advocates was also launched. This tool was supported with additional designing cost contributed by Georges River Council.Say No to Violence

This event marked a new beginning for the White Ribbon Male Advocates in St George and Sutherland as they committed to respectful family relationships and to make a difference in their communities by encouraging them to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.

ADS’s Settlement Services Program has a strong focus on family relationships for newly arrived migrants and refugees in the region and supports White Ribbon Australia in its community campaign to Say NO to Violence.


Left to Right: Nepalese community male advocates (Churamani Belbase, Raju Manandhar and Bulson Lamgade); Bangladeshi community male advocate (Abul Kalam Azad); Chinese community male advocate (Zhengfeng Ren); White Ribbon Australia (Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador and Advocates); Chinese community male advocates (Zhengfeng Ren, Binglong Duan, Zhengzhe Chen, and Aihua Ji – representing Guoming Xia); White Ribbon Australia (Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager); and Advance Diversity Services (Litsa Nossar, Chairperson).

Anger Managment Workshop flyer

Men’s Health Week encourages communities across Australia to reach out to men, boys and their families to promote health and wellbeing through engaging activities, events and promotions.

These locally tailored events create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy – that’s why our 2016 theme HEALTH ELEMENTS is about encouraging communities to start those conversations about the elements of life that build health and life’s purpose.

This year for Men’s Health Week, Advance Diversity Services is offering an Anger Management Workshop, where you will gain a better understanding of:

  • anger and it’s cycle
  • what triggers anger
  • the realities of anger
  • how to deal with anger
  • strategies for gaining control of anger
  • how to improve home and work life by managing anger

To register online for the workshop – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anger-management-workshop-tickets-25987999807?aff=es2

For more information, contact Rishi on 9597 5455 or rishia@advancediversity.org.au


“Everyone has the right to feel safe, regardless of who they are and Islam teaches people how to respect each other……This quote by Imam Mufti, Dr Asad Ali Bokhari Shah from Sydney South Welfare Centre has left a lasting impression for the 35 Bangladeshi Muslim families who attended the Sunnah of a Happy Family Workshop on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Red Rose Function Centre in Rockdale. Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Sydney South Welfare Centre organised this workshop with the support of ADS’s Bangladeshi Reference Group. (more…)

Safe on Train Training Flyer -edited

This session is lead by ADS and facilitated by Sydney Trains, helps participants to understand safe train travel by providing information on safe utilisation of public transport and the expected standards of behaviour. It also aims to educate the community about safety issues that affect them while travelling on public transport, specifically trains.

Registration Link:


To keep our service consumers, staff and the public safe during the coronavirus pandemic, we are restricting public access to our offices.

We are continuing to provide services but by appointment only or over the phone (9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday). Please know that the ADS team is here to help.

Call us on (02) 9597 5455 or email us info@advancediversity.org.au and we’ll direct you to the right person.

Stay safe and keep healthy!