CO.AS.IT A non-profit organisation for Italians and Australians of Italian descent
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CO.AS.IT A non-profit organisation for Italians and Australians of Italian descent

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BRIEF HISTORY

CO.AS.IT. was established in 1967 to provide a range of social welfare services in response to the needs of the Italian migrant settlers in Australia. The headquarters was in Carlton, the suburb many Italians chose to settle in when they first arrived.

The first trained Social Worker was employed in 1968 along with many volunteers. By 1976, through the Grant-in-Aid Scheme, a Welfare Officer, two full-time and two-part time Social Workers were employed. In the years that followed, the expansion of welfare         programs included the employment of an Italian Legal Officer, the establishment of several group work programs for women and the appointment of a Youth Worker.

Our activities and experience as a leading Welfare Agency servicing Italian migrants have always been of great interest to Italian Government Officials visiting Australia and a visit to our offices has always been on their Agenda. Australian Federal Ministers, State and     Opposition spokespersons and Members of Parliament have also often visited CO.AS.IT. to discuss Government funded programs and to become more acquainted with our activities.

Since 1976, the Governor of Victoria, together with his wife, have been Patrons-In-Chief of CO.AS.IT.

ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

PATRONS IN CHIEF

The Honorable Linda Dessau, AC & Mr. Tony Howard

HONORARY PATRONS

Dr. Marco Maria Cerbo,

Consul General of Italy for Victoria and Tasmania

and Dr. Claudia Astarita

EMERITUS PRESIDENT

Sir James A. Gobbo, AC, CVO

COMMITTEE

President

Ms. Rhonda Barro

EARLY AIMS AND PRINCIPLES

Aim:

To provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services for Italian migrants and their descendants, to enable them to achieve their full potential in the wider Australian society.

General Principles and Guidelines: