Media

Journalists or media professionals looking for information and resources about Relationships Australia South Australia can access our contact details, media releases and backgrounder.

Media Enquiries

Contact: Naomi Ebert Smith, General Manager Communications and Development Unit

Email: n.ebertsmith@rasa.org.au

Phone: (08) 8216 5200 or 0429 101 181

Backgrounder

With over 300 employees, Relationships Australia South Australia provides relationship support services through 7 offices across South Australia and outreach services including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula, Gawler, Hackham West, Kangaroo Island, Mount Barker, Murray Mallee, Port Augusta, Yorke Peninsula and the Southern region.

The majority of our funding is provided through the Federal and State Governments, with additional limited funding from grants and client fees. Many of our services are provided free of charge or at a modest fee, depending on the client’s ability to pay.

In the past year, Relationships Australia South Australia provided services to thousands of clients across the State, and every year this number increases. We offer a wide range of additional services to many diverse groups and have developed strong relationships with multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the work of Relationships Australia South Australia involves improving the wellbeing of people. Our vision is ‘a just and equitable society in which diversity is valued, relationships are respected, where people have a sense of connection and belonging and an opportunity to learn and develop’.

This includes improving the relationships that are fundamental to personal wellbeing; improving people’s health; strengthening people’s connections to their community, and empowering people to have control over and make changes that improve their lives.

As an organisation, we recognise and support diversity in society and believe in the right of all people to a dignified, socially valued and secure life. In our work, we are therefore responsive to the needs of different groups and we specifically aim to redress systematic discrimination on the basis of gender, age, sexuality, disability, race, creed and nationality.

Relationships Australia South Australia is committed to providing services which reflect the changing needs to individuals, families and communities. Services are provided within a primary health care framework which includes our involvement in:

  • Developing personal skills
  • Creating supportive environments
  • Strengthening community action
  • Developing public policy
  • Reorienting services.

We are committed to a collaborative and inter-agency approach in all areas of service provision. We work with communities to ensure that services are provided at a local level; complementary to other services and that our programs are targeted to those who are most disadvantaged.

The Australian Institute of Social Relations is the training and education division of Relationships Australia South Australia, growing from its beginnings as the Centre of Personal Education (COPE) into a specialist provider of community and professional development. It is a national Community Services Skills Centre and a Registered Training Organisation offering nationally recognised qualifications.

Each State and Territory member is a financially independent, registered, not-for-profit organisation providing a wide range of services. As a national federation, we bring together the collective skills of each state and territory organisation to ensure high-quality services for all Australians, along with a National Office which coordinates across the members and engages in national policy processes and representation.

Media Releases / Statements

2020

The game has changed for gambling harm (November 2020)

Rebuilding lives through specialist counselling for victims of crime (November 2020)

Trauma-based counselling services for victims of crime  (May 2020)