National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Nicholas Niarchos AM
President, Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Inc.

The Changing Role of Ethnic Organisations

This paper considers the role of ethnic organisations with respect to issues in Australian society. It outlines the formation and development of ethnic organisations, their purposes, functions, membership and interests and how these have changed over time. The author uses the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Incorporated, founded in 1930, to illustrate the changing nature of ethnic organisations and refers to changes in:

_ the identification of the members as Australians;
_ the increasing differentiation of ethnic groups and communities;
_ the resources and service developments; and
_ the continuing importance of ethnicity as the basis of ethnic organisations.

The author further argues that ethnic organisations play an important role in the participation of ethic groups in wider community issues including diversity, reconciliation, the republic and multiculturalism.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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