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Social Inclusion

Social inclusion for all is an ongoing priority of the South Australian Government.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is the lead agency responsible for promoting inclusion across all South Australian Government agencies and the wider community and has a key role in supporting independence and participation for individuals, families and communities.

It also has a key role in strengthening communities and representing the interests of population groups such as:

The Social Inclusion Directorate within Inclusion and Reform are responsible for the coordination and oversight of these inclusion activities across DHS and the South Australian Government.


There are more than 279,000 young people aged 12 to 25 years in South Australia.

The Government of South Australia shares a vision with young people for a South Australia that is safe, inclusive and sustainable for all young people, now and into the future.

DHS leads the implementation of the three-year Strong Futures: SA Youth Action Plan. This strategy outlines the government’s commitment to ensuring young South Australians are happy and healthy, and can access opportunities to contribute to our state’s social and economic prosperity.

To support young South Australians to reach their full potential, DHS provides:

  • strategic direction and advice
  • sector support and advocacy funding to the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia, the peak body representing young people and the non-government youth sector in South Australia
  • programs and services
  • grants
  • awards and recognition.

Further information on the Youth portfolio:

DHS Youth

Strong Futures website

Contact DHS:


DHS is committed to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual and other sexually, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQA+) South Australians.

DHS does this by:

  • Funding community services and grants for LGBTIQA+ people
  • Developing government policy that support LGBTIQA+ communities
  • Ensuring that DHS is inclusive for all LGBTIQA+ people we engage with
  • Working with other government agencies to help them be LGBTIQA+ inclusive
  • Co-ordinating a Rainbow Email Network to share information about research, resources, events, grants and consultation opportunities.

Join the Rainbow News mailing list

To join the Rainbow News mailing list, or for more information about DHS’s LGBTIQA+ inclusion work, email

Further information on the LGBTIQA+ portfolio:

More information about LGBTIQA+ services, community groups and other resources can also be found via the Adelaide LGBTIQ Events and Rainbow Directory websites.

* DHS recognises that some people will use terms other than LGBTIQA+, and that terms like “queer” will be seen as derogatory by some people, especially older community members. DHS respects the language that all people use to describe their gender, sexuality, or bodily diversity.


The South Australian Government is leading by example and working to improve access and inclusion for people with disability. Inclusive SA is our commitment to creating a more inclusive South Australia. It is our first State Disability Inclusion Plan, bringing together State Government agencies and local councils to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability.

In 2018, the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) was passed because we recognised that a stronger commitment was needed. This plan, and the DHS Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) will support the State Government to ensure that new strategies address barriers and promote positive action.

Further information on the Disability portfolio:

DHS Disability

Inclusive SA - State Disability Inclusion Plan

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About 900,000 South Australian volunteers of all ages and abilities contribute valuable skills, time and energy to our state’s economy. People who participate in their communities through volunteering feel happier, healthier and more socially connected.

DHS helps to build and strengthen volunteering in South Australia by funding, supporting and driving initiatives that recognise and celebrate volunteers, and ensure the sector’s sustainability. We are also responsible for implementing the Volunteering Strategy for SA 2021-2027.  This strategy sets out a six-year plan to support and enhance volunteering in SA.

Further information on the Volunteers portfolio:

DHS - Volunteers

Contact DHS:

Page last updated : 21 Sep 2022

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