Catholic Family Services
Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

Quality Improvement Council

Welcome to Centacare Catholic Country SA

Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA was established in the Port Pirie Diocese in 1995. Centacare Catholic Country SA provides services across much of the State, including the Yorke Peninsula and Lower North, Far North, Central Eyre Peninsula and West Coast regions. Centacare Catholic Country SA collaborates extensively with Government and non-government agencies, service provider networks, clients and community groups to ensure the ongoing relevance of our services and the effectiveness of the broader human service system. Centacare Catholic Country SA sees itself as a key organisation working with and assisting people throughout much of rural South Australia.

If you are a client and would like to provide feedback on our services, please provide feedback here.




Centacare Catholic Country SA applauds the decision to continue provision of services to remote Aboriginal communities.

The Board of Centacare Catholic Country SA is very pleased to hear of the new arrangements between the Federal and South Australian State Governments to continue funding for provision of services to remote Aboriginal communities.  The Board shared the concern of many Aboriginal people, including among the staff of Centacare Catholic, following recent statements by political leaders about people living in these communities.

People who live in these communities have not chosen to go there as a lifestyle choice.  They live there because that is where they live.  These communities are their home.

While everyone has certain rights to live where they wish to live, sometimes there must be negotiation and consultation so that the best outcome is achieved, especially for vulnerable members of the community, and particularly for children.

That being said, the financial costs of providing services to remote communities, while higher per capita than the costs of providing those services in larger communities, are not disproportionately higher, especially when compared to some other discretionary Government expenditure.

In any discussion about any proposed changes, the very first people to be consulted must be those who are most directly affected by the changes.  So far this has apparently not even been considered.  This has left many Aboriginal people feeling completely left out, all over again.

Centacare Catholic encourages the Federal Government to consult with people who live in our remote communities – whether they be Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal – about any proposals affecting their lives and communities.  In setting forth proposals such as continuing services or withdrawing services, the Government could ask residents to share with the Government their sense of attachment to their land, their hopes for their children, and their worries about life for Aboriginal people now and in the future.  The Government could then talk to the people about what it sees as the potential benefits for Aboriginal people if they were to move away from very small and remote communities and re-establish themselves in larger population centres.

Centacare Catholic also asks the Government to consider the true cost benefit of any change, bearing in mind the new housing, schools, medical, municipal and transport services which – in justice – would need to be provided by the Government in the larger communities to which displaced remote Aboriginal people would be relocated, if these same services to remote communities were to be removed.  So far the Government has not described any infrastructure and establishment assistance it would provide, in terms of the accommodation and other services needing to be provided for families relocating to bigger population centres.

Centacare Catholic also encourages residents of remote Aboriginal communities – and of non-Aboriginal communities – to consider carefully those circumstances which would provide the very best environment for the healthy development of their children and young people. 

In the event that a community were to decide to accept Government assistance to relocate, that would be their decision, not the Government’s.  In the event that a community were to decide to continue as they are, they should rightfully feel entitled to a continuing reasonable level of service provision from the Government.  This, after all, is the main point of the Catholic social teaching on subsidiarity.

Father Jim Monaghan

Chair, Board of Directors,

Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA


Latest News & Events


Jeans for Genes Day 7 August 2015


Wear your Jeans on Jeans for Genes Day and donate to help the Children’s Medical Research Institute create a healthier future for all children. Visit the Jeans for Genes Day website here to donate.

Family and Relationship Services – 5 Year Funding Announcement

Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA is pleased to announce we have received confirmation from the Department of Social Services of a five year funding agreement for our Family and Relationship Services and Regional Family Dispute Resolution Services across our region. All our office locations will be able to continue providing counselling, family dispute resolution and support services to assist families to manage a range of life changes and challenges; and ensure that families in our communities and surrounding areas can access this support locally.

We truly welcome the Government’s valuable contribution and demonstrated commitment to supporting these vital services for the next five years.

Struggling to pay the mortgage or rent or juggling debts?

Ring 1800 007 007.

You can talk to a phone financial counsellor from anywhere in Australia by ringing 1800 007 007 (minimum opening hours are 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday). This number will automatically switch through to the service in the State or Territory closest to you.


Responding to Suicide Bereavement -

Launch of StandBy Response Service

One of Australia’s most successful ready response services to suicide loss was launched in SA Country North by Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA & United Synergies’ National StandBy Response Service on Monday 21st October 2013.


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer?

Do you want to be a part of a caring, professional volunteer team that makes a difference?

Do you want to learn new skills and gain confidence while meeting new people from a range of diverse backgrounds? We welcome all enquiries from people interested in becoming a volunteer at Centacare Catholic Country SA.

Contact your local Centacare Catholic Country SA office to apply or for more information.


Foster carers wanted!

Are you interested in investing in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent? Are you able and willing to provide a safe, stable and secure family environment for children or young people? We are looking for foster carers to provide Emergency Care, Short Term Care, Long Term Care and/or Respite Care for children and young people.

For more information contact us at our Whyalla, Port Lincoln or Ceduna Centacare Catholic Country SA offices, or visit the Foster Carers Section of our website.