Murray and Mallee

Adult Migrant English Program

TAFE SA English Language Services (ELS) delivers the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) across South Australia. Classes are full-time or part- time, day or evening. In addition, students can study by Distance Learning, privately with e-learning modules or with a volunteer home tutor who visits for two hours per week.

For humanitarian entrants and migrants aged 18 years and above with less than 'functional English'. Check eligibility at TAFE SA English Language Services, Level 5, 127 Rundle Mall, Adelaide. Run by TAFE SA English Language Services.

Tel: +61 8 8226 6555. Eligible students must register within the first six months of arrival in Australia. Entry to classes may occur only in the first two weeks of each school term.

For more information about the AMEP, visit the Department of Social Service's interactive map of settlement services.

Around You

Find out what's happening in your area

Children's centres

Provide care, education, health, community development activities and family services for families and their young children. Each Children's Centre is tailored to meet the needs of the local community. For families and their young children aged from birth to eight years of age.

Run by the Department for Education and Early Childhood Development

Tel: +61 8 8226 1755
Email: childrenscentres@sa.gov.au

Community Care Services            

Information sessions, links to community groups and mainstream services for humanitarian entrants who have been in Australia for less than five years. Run by Lutheran Community Care SA

Tel: +61 8 8531 3644

Community centres

Community centres offer a range of activities and programs for local people. Find local community centres and houses

Disability Rights Advocacy Service

Disability Rights Advocacy Service

Advocates for people with disabilities and their family members and carers For disabled people, especially those from other countries and people who may not speak or read English well.

  • Riverland Advocacy Service, 2 Ahern Street, Berri  
    Tel: +61 8 8582 2422
  • MALSSA (Head Office – Adelaide) Tel: +61 8 8351 9500
  • Free call from South Australian country areas, Tel: 1800 816 720
  • Telephone Interpreter Service, Tel: 13 14 50
  • National Relay Service, Tel: 13 36 77 or 1800 555 677 
  • Email: malssaadmin@malssa.org.au

Free computer access

Find out where free internet, computer and training resources are available (some restrictions apply)

  • East Murray Area School, Mindarie
    Tel: +61 8 8578 7053
    Email: info@emas.sa.edu.au
  • Loxton Internet Access Centre (CATCH)
    4 Drabsch Street, Loxton
    Tel: +61 8 8584 6641
  • Morgan Internet and Resource Centre
    10 Fourth Street, Morgan  
    Tel: +61 8 8540 2643
    Email: mirc@morgan.org.au
  • Murray Bridge Community Centre
    18 Beatty Terrace, Murray Bridge
    Tel: +61 8 8531 1799
    Email: mbcci@internode.on.net
  • Renmark Paringa Community Centre
    86 Nineteenth St, Renmark
    Tel: +61 8 8586 5745
  • Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre
    84 Murray Avenue, Renmark
    Tel: +61 8 8586 6704
    Email: tourist@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au
  • Tailem Bend Community Centre
    1 Murray Street, Tailem Bend
    Tel: +61 8 8572 3513
    Email: tbcc@internode.on.net

Also available at local council offices and libraries.

Health Services Finder

A free online directory of useful information about private and public health related services in SA. Find your local health service

Hospitals

Loxton Hospital Complex

Drabsch St, Loxton SA 5333

Tel: +61 8 8584 8555

Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS)

On arrival casework services and community development and participation programs for individuals and families and their new and emerging communities. Provided by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre of SA

Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre
5 Second Street, Murray Bridge
Tel: +61 8 8532 3922  
Email: murraylands@amrc.org.au

You can find out more about services in your area via the Department for Immigration's interactive map of settlement services for humanitarian entrants.

Inclusive Directions

Assists childcare services to respond to the needs of all children in their care, particularly those with refugee status and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Bi Cultural Support Program
Tel: +61 8 8358 2230 
Email: bcs@directions.org.au

Riverland Regional S.A.: Berri
Tel: +61 8 8582 3266 
Email: info@directions.org

Libraries

Various information is available at local libraries, often in other languages.

Local and District Councils

Local and district councils provide a range of services for those resident in their council area.

Lutheran Community Care Services   

Information sessions, Afghan youth group, support for vulnerable women at risk, developing volunteer advocates. For humanitarian entrants who have been in Australia for less than five years. Run by Lutheran Community Care SA

Tel: +61 8 8269 9300 (Adelaide) and +61 8 8531 3644 (Murray Bridge and Riverland)

Murray Bridge Refugee Support Program

Provides settlement advice, referral and case work; tutoring and informal English programs, community education workshops for new and emerging communities, and community consultations that lead to the development of projects to build capacity. For humanitarian entrants who have been in Australia for less than five years. Run by Lutheran Community Care SA.  

Email: ntaylor-neumann@lccsa.org.au

Office of Consumer and Business Services

Consumer and Business Services

Provides services and information to the general public on:

  • Consumer Affairs (includes Product Safety)
  • Business and Occupational Services (includes Business Names,
  • Associations and Co-operatives, Licensing)
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Tenancies (includes Residential, Retail, Bonds and support to the Residential Tenancies Tribunal)

Tel: 131 882

29 Vaughan Terrace and 30 Kay Avenue, Berri
19 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge

Personal counselling

Family counselling, individual counselling and financial counseling on sexual concerns, domestic and family violence, separation, HIV and Hepatitis, post adoption, problem gambling. Run by Relationships Australia (SA)

At: Berri
Tel: +61 8 8223 4566 / 1300 364 277 / 1800 182 325 
Email: mail@rasa.com.au

Shared resources

Many SA government owned resources can be used for free or a small fee by voluntary organisations and community groups.

  • Disability SA (Berri), 28 Kay Avenue, Berri
    Meeting room (up to eight people), photocopier, laptop, data projector, electronic whiteboard, colour printer, overhead projector, scanner, and fax.
    Tel: +61 8 8588 2400
  • Disability SA (Murray Bridge), 6 Verdun Road, Murray Bridge
    Photocopier and data projector
    Tel: +61 8 8532 4503
  • Families SA (Riverland District Centre), 14 Kay Avenue, Berri
    Conference room.
    Tel: +61 8 8595 2438
    Email: joanne.brand@dcsi.sa.gov.au
  • Families SA (Murray Bridge), 1-5 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge
    Conference room
    Tel: +61 8 8535 6211
  • Housing SA (Berri), 29 Vaughan Terrace, Berri
    Meeting space (up to 6-8 people) with overhead screen, data projector, lap top computer and access to kitchen. Access to a photocopier and fax machine is also available.
    Tel: 131 299
  • Housing SA (Murray Bridge), Mobilong House, Seventh Street, Murray Bridge
    Meeting space (up to 20 people) with television, DVD player, overhead screen, data projector, lap top computer and access to kitchen. Access to a photocopier and fax machine is also available.
    Tel: 131 299
  • SA Schools and Preschools,Various locations across South Australia
    Government schools and preschools across the state have a wide variety of facilities and resources available for use by volunteer organisations. To find out more about what's available in your community, contact your local school's Principal/Director. You can find all the locations and contact details for schools in your local area by visiting the Department of Education and Child Development website
  • Children Youth and Women's Health Services: Friends of Child and Family Health Branches
    Various locations
    Offer a range of resources available for use by volunteer organisations. These can include facilities like meeting spaces, however, will vary from branch to branch.
    Tel: +61 8 8303 1544 
    Email: Lynne.whitcher@health.sa.gov.au
  • TAFESA
    Offer a variety of resources to volunteer organisations for a special discounted hire price - 50% off the usual hire fee.
    • Berri Campus, Kay Avenue, Berri
    • Murray Bridge Campus, 52-68 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge
    • Renmark Campus, Thurk Street, Renmark
    • Email: roombookings@tafesa.edu.au