The Maltese Welfare (NSW) was established in October 1977 as a result of a workshop on social services held at Kellyville, Sydney. The original name was the Maltese Welfare Group but on incorporation, on 9th January 1995 the name was changed to Maltese Welfare (NSW) Inc.
Maltese Welfare (NSW) is made up of first and second-generation Maltese who work in welfare-related areas or who have the welfare of the Maltese community at heart. Maltese Welfare (NSW) acts as a resource backup to other service-providers, being either Maltese associations or Australian-based agencies, in providing information, advice and referrals with respect to the Maltese community.
The aims of the Maltese Welfare (NSW) include:
(a) Co-ordination and cohesiveness in welfare programs
(b) Programs for the Maltese community in NSW
(c) Research on welfare needs of the Maltese community
(d) Dissemination of information to the Maltese community in user-friendly and accessible form.
Maltese Welfare (NSW) holds regular seminars on various issues considered of relevance and urgency to the Maltese community in general. It plays an active role in highlighting various community needs and supporting the promotion of remedial measures.
Maltese Community Directory
Maltese Welfare (NSW) undertook the compilation of the first Maltese Resource Directory in 1981 and published up-dated editions in 1987, 1993 and 1996 and compiled a cultural background paper on Malta and the Maltese (1983, 1987) published by the Dept of Education & Youth Affairs, Curriculum Development Centre, Canberra.
The Maltese Community Directory NSW (162 pages) was officially launched by Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi on the 11th August 2007 during his recent visit to Sydney. This handy reference book includes statistics showing the geographic distribution of Maltese by suburbs and municipalities, how to contact associations, clubs and Maltese in businesses. It also includes pictures of the Quiet Achievers' Awards Night of Recognition, held annually during NSW Seniors week since 2001. It was published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Maltese Welfare (NSW).
Seminar / Information Sessions
Maltese Welfare (NSW) is synonymous with the organisation of seminars on diverse topics such as the Needs of Maltese Migrants; Maltese Women in our Community; An insight into the health needs; An Overview of Welfare; The Needs of Aged Maltese.
The written and spoken Maltese media in Australia; Maltese Youth in the Eighties; 100 years of Silent Achievement in Australia; the Social Security Reciprocal Agreement between Malta and Australia; Dual Citizenship; a Pastoral Plan for the Community; the Australian Republic; Euthanasia; Grief & Loss; Dementia and many other topics relating to health issues, financial planning, Centrelink.
Quiet Achievers Recognition Awards
The Maltese Welfare (NSW) also organises an annual Quiet Achievers Recognition Night where a number of Maltese seniors each year are acknowledged for their voluntary contribution to the community.
Started in 2001 (the year of the Older Persons), this annual event has proven very successful and is held each year in March during NSW Seniors Week. The criteria for nominations of this award is that the person has to be of Maltese decent, aged over 60 and a first-time recipient of any public recognition. The first part of this annual event always include light entertainment by professional Maltese artists.
Maltese Welfare (NSW) Inc can be contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: Post Office Box 5332, Greystanes LPO,NSW 2145
Tel 61 2 9631 9295
The current office bearers are as follows:
Lawrence Dimech OAM JP
Maltese Welfare (NSW) Inc is proudly sponsored by
Fiducian Financial Services Tel: 02 9231 2133
Head office : Level 14, 1 York street Sydney NSW 2000