Sri Lanka Association of NSW (SLA NSW) is the apex organisation established to represent the Sri Lankan Australian community in New South Wales. We are a community based non-political, non-religious and not for profit Association. Since its foundation in 1973, SLANSW has been providing advocacy as well as services to the community through various cultural and social activities. SLANSW endevors to promote multiculturalism and build the social cohesion and harmony. Our organisation has been playing a leading role in bringing communities together and involved in support activities for natural disasters and pandemic both in Australia and Sri Lanka including the 2014 Boxing Day Tsunami and COVID-19.
A Strong History
Since its foundation in 1973, SLA NSW has been providing community services as well as organising various cultural and social events throughout the year. SLA NSW has also organised and been involved in various activities promoting multiculturalism and fundraising for victims of natural disasters.
A need for the governance rules led to establish two page constitution with seven objectives in 1978. In 1994 with the leadership of Mr Sunil de Silva, it has been updated to 12 objectives and subsequent update has been made in 2002.
An Association for All Sri Lankans living in NSW. We provide a common and inclusive meeting ground for persons of Sri Lankan origin/heritage to integrate with the Australian community.
What we set out to achieve? The Objects for which the Association is established shall include and enable the Association.
A common meeting ground
To provide a common meeting ground for persons of Sri Lankan origin and to integrate with the Australian community on a multi-racial basis.
Promote and perpetuate the cultural heritage
To promote and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka amongst members of the Association and the Australian community.
To organise the raising of funds and such other things and resources for donations to charities in Sri Lanka or Australia.
Interests and welfare
To propose measures and take action with regard to the interests and welfare of the Sri Lankan community and make representations to State and Commonwealth Governments and other organisations on relevant matters.
To contact new migrants of Sri Lankan origin arriving in New South Wales as permanent residents and assist such persons towards settling.
To work towards the advancement of Sri Lankans and Australians of Sri Lankan descent in New South Wales and in that regard to work alone, or in Association with any other organisation.
To participate as a body in matters of special interest to the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales and Australia.
Social cohesion and harmony
To promote social cohesion and harmony among the Sri Lankan community within the framework of a united and democratic Sri Lanka and work towards the perception of the integrity of Sri Lanka as a nation.
To work towards the reform of immigration laws particularly as they affect persons of Sri Lankan origin.
To establish a trust fund or funds to assist persons of Sri Lankan origin in Australia or in Sri Lanka in need generally and to establish solely or in Association with any other organisation a nursing home/hostel/retirement home, together with ancillary facilities or religious centres.
Recognition and welfare
To recognise and support the existence and welfare of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as a single sovereign nation state.
Friends & Partners
Our value comes from simultaneously unlocking the power of the two most important audiences; our members and wider community. We harness the power of association to help the community to do great things by providing access to networking and engage in social good.