NSW SLASA is a community organisation representing different Spanish and Latin American communities in New South Wales. It aims to provide services to immigrants and refugees in order to facilitate their settlement in Australia.
Furthermore, NSW SLASA has the responsibility of identifying the community's needs and to present these before various Governmental Departments in order to attain funds to develop strategies and to establish projects which will help improve the conditions of the Spanish and Latin American communities in New South Wales.
NSW SLASA was founded in September of 1978 by a group of community workers in the fields of health, education, social welfare and by members of the Spanish speaking community. Conscious of the challenges facing the community, they organised a conference in June 1978. At the conference, they addressed the urgent need for the establishment of a community organisation that would service the Spanish speaking community. Many of the topics discussed at the conference served as the foundation of what would become the main objectives of the organisation. Initially, NSW SLASA received a grant from the Community Relations Commission to employ one social worker. Today, NSW SLASA counts with four workers and receives funding from the Department of Immigration & Citizenship, Department of Community Services, the Department of Health and Ageing and different clubs in NSW.
NSW SLASA has three primary functions:
To function as a link and representative of the Spanish speaking community before other ethnic communities and Government departments.
NSW SLASA is a legally incorporated associations and is administered by an Executive Committee comprised by members of the Spanish speaking community. The services provided are free of charge and provided without any sort of restrictions of discrimination to the members of the Spanish speaking community.