Contact us: +61 8 8226 8800

Department of Human Services

Community Services

Addressing the cost of living

The South Australian Government is committed to reducing cost of living pressures to end the hardship experienced by many South Australian families. The Department for Human Services administers a number of programs delivered by the non-government community sector towards this end, such as Financial Counselling services or the No Interest Loans Scheme.

Australian Service Excellence Standards

The Australian Service Excellence Standards is an internationally accredited quality improvement program aimed at supporting non- government organisations (NGO's) in the community services sector across Australia.

Concessions and Support Services

Concessions and Support Services undertakes leadership of direct services to the community through the administration of concessions programs, quality interpreting and translating services, and the planning and development of national and state-wide problem gambling programs, services and projects.

Grants for community organisations

Find out what grants and funding DHS provides for South Australian community organisations.

LGBTIQ Inclusion

Unfortunately discrimination, stigma and exclusion are very real and ongoing experiences for many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer. This can affect their ability to engage in the social and economic life of the state and have a detrimental impact on their health and wellbeing. The SA Government is committed to building a community that values diversity and the contributions of all citizens.

Local Partnerships

The Department of Human Services will maintain local partnerships through its Regional Partnerships team and help to resolve local social and economic issues.

Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Services (MAYFS)

MAYFS provides culturally sensitive, family-centred programs for Aboriginal children, young people and their families, promoting pathways that lead to positive change.

Office for Carers

The Office for Carers works to improve recognition and support for family carers across South Australia.

Office for Volunteers

The Office for Volunteers provides advice to the Minister for Volunteers and delivers support programs that contribute to the government’s priorities of building the capacity of community organisations to be sustainable in years to come, and encouraging all citizens to participate in community life and care for each other.


Our place-based way of working uses local solutions to emphasise community-led renewal.

Results-Based Accountability

Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) is a planning, evaluation and continuous improvement tool, which aims to produce measurable results for the community sector.

South Australian Not-for-Profit Funding Rules and Guidelines (SANFRAG)

One government approach to funding not-for-profit organisations.

STARservice Development Program

The STARservice Development Program aims to build capacity and improve work practices in small community organisations.

State Government of South Australia © Copyright DHS [sm v5.4.7.1] .

Provided by:
SA Department for Human Services
Last Updated:
05 Jul 2018
Printed on:
21 Feb 2019
The DHS website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence. © Copyright 2016