Department of Human Services

Community Connections

Community Connections is a significant new program. It is designed to address the growing issue of social isolation.

Community Connections will help South Australians improve their quality of life. It will empower them to increase their participation and inclusion in their community.

Community Connections is funded by the State Government.

Social connections mean better quality of life

There is significant evidence that social inclusion and strong social connections can improve quality of life and provide better health outcomes. Helping people build stronger social networks is not only good for them, it also makes stronger communities .

Community Connections will provide short-term support to strengthen those important community connections.

Delivering Community Connections in your community

Community Connections is for South Australians who:

  • Are aged 18–64 (or 18–49 for Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)
  • Aren't eligible for federal programs such as NDIS and My Aged Care
  • Need short term support to improve independence and/or to develop or maintain connections with support networks.

During the first stage, priority groups will be:

  • Unpaid carers ​
  • People from new and emerging CALD communities​
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people​s
  • People who are financially disadvantaged​
  • People living in communities of persistent and/or relative location-based disadvantage​.

The program be delivered by partners with strong local community connections and community development expertise.

Community Connections will begin 1 July 2021.

Contact us

Email CommunityConnections@sa.gov.au

More information

Community Connections Program - Aboriginal Consultation Summary Report Feb 2021 - online

Community Connections Program - Aboriginal Consultation Summary Report Feb 2021 - download (PDF 187.1 KB)

HACC Reform Consultation Summary Report (PDF 212.4 KB)

HACC Reform Consultation Summary Report (DOCX 80.4 KB)

Page last updated : 05 May 2021

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