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Department for Communities and Social Inclusion


Southern Connections is a seeder of community programs in Southern Adelaide. These currently include:

Beyond Auto

Be a Job Maker


Disability Impact Accelerator

Connecting the South (Tonsley activation)


The Happy Valley Innovation Precinct (HIP HUB) initiative is driven primarily by the business community with support from DHS and the Department for State Development. The program aims to increase young people's participation in employment and economic activity by promoting their entrepreneurial skills.

The HIP HUB is located in the Happy Valley shopping precinct in a space that enables up to 100 young people to meet in a safe space, undergo training or connect with other like-minded young people.

Disability Impact Accelerator

This 100 day pilot program run by Business Models Inc that supports organisations to get ready for the impact of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). Ten teams from disability service providers create new social ventures or enterprises, and diversify their funding sources. The program provides opportunities for service providers to develop new skills and re-assess their business models.

Connecting the South (Tonsley activation)

We are working with the Tonsley Business Support ecosystem to connect businesses with Government and non-government-organisations to improve social and economic participation in the south.

Our latest event is the Grow Your Own Business Expo that will bring together local businesses, the Flinders New Ventures Institute and community members to connect them to local businesses, programs and services.

Contact us for further information on any of these initiatives.

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