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Our vision is that all people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to participate fully in Australian society and receive services that are relevant and appropriate to their needs.

Founded in 1978 and registered as a Non-Trading Non-Share Co-operative under the Co-operatives Act 1992 (NSW) in 1979, Ethnic Community Services Co-operative (ECSC) is a not for profit organisation with an extensive history of grass roots engagement with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

We provide services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged group of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including children and families, people with disabilities and their carers and the aged living at home and their carers. Our work also focuses on building the capacity of mainstream service providers to facilitate culturally appropriate service delivery, promoting the rights of CALD people through systemic advocacy and policy development.

Ethnic Community Services Co-opeartive (ECSC) is the state-wide peak organisation in NSW on CALD issues in Children’s and Disability Services and is funded by: Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Commonwealth Department of Health, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Aeging, Disability and Home Care, Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, NSW Department of Education, Uniting Care, Settlement Services International (SSI) and Children’s Services Central to operate programs targeting the CALD children, families and communities to facilitate access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services to meet their needs.

Our Philosophy

The underpinning philosophy of ECSC is Social Justice, with particular emphasis on Access and Equity and Multiculturalism in Children’s, Aged and Disability Services.

Our Mission

The Co-operative is committed to ensure that people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds be provided with the opportunity to participate and receive services relevant, sensitive and appropriate to their linguistic, cultural, religious and lifestyle needs. This is also in accordance with the existing range of legislation.


The ECSC was established in 1978 with the coming together of seven ethnic communities which had received capital and recurrent funding from the then Commonwealth Department of Social Security to set up Long Day Child Care Centres in various geographic areas to meet their child care needs. In 1979, the Department through the Children’s Services Program under the Special Services provided funding to the Co-operative to set up the Ethnic Child Care Development Unit as a Special Resource, Advisory and Training Agency. The aim of the program was to assist the seven ethnic communities to establish their child care centres, to research the child care needs of ethnic communities in the inner and outer metropolitan Sydney, to provide relevant information to ethnic families and communities for them to access child care services and to work with children’s services to provide training, advice, resources and support to enable them to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care.

In the 34 years of its existence the membership has increased from the original 7 member organisations to 56 non-profit community based organisations which operate children’s, welfare, disability, social, recreational, aged care, respite care, vacation care, cultural, and educational services. Some are funded by the three levels of government others operate on a voluntary basis and from fund raising activities.

Our Programs

Direct services are provided to the carers of people with disabilities through Multicultural Respite Services (MRS) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) children in Commonwealth funded children’s services are assisted through Bicultural Support across NSW.     Find out more...

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