The South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) is a statutory body that reports to the Premier, the Hon Steven Marshall MP, and the Assistant Minister to the Premier, the Hon Jing Lee MLC.

The Commission was established under the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission Act 1980 and its primary functions are to:

  • increase awareness and understanding of the ethnic diversity of the South Australian community and the implications of that diversity
  • advise the government and public authorities on, and assist them in, all matters relating to multiculturalism and ethnic affairs.

Since this legislation came into effect, South Australia’s population and multicultural landscape has changed significantly. Accordingly, Multicultural Affairs has undertaken a review of the Act, which is our state's key piece of multicultural legislation.

The review of the Act has provided the opportunity to develop revised legislation that affirms the government’s commitment to multiculturalism and its importance to South Australia.

Proposed legislation in the form of a Bill was introduced to Parliament on 14 October 2020. The South Australian Multicultural Bill 2020 is currently being considered in Parliament. Should the Bill pass through both Houses of Parliament it will become law.

More information is available on the Multicultural Legislative Review section of this site.

Appointments to the Commission

The South Australian government has announced appointments to SAMEAC for the period of 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2024, following an expression of interest process.

The Commission plays an important role in raising awareness and understanding of multiculturalism and social cohesion in our South Australian community.

It draws on the cultural diversity, skills and experience of its members to provide independent advice to the South Australian government about the needs, aspirations and contributions of South Australians from diverse backgrounds.

A biography on each Commission member, including the Chair Ms Adriana Christopoulos, is available on the Commission Board Members section of this site.

More information

Current SAMEAC board members

History of SAMEAC

SAMEAC Reports

Contact SAMEAC



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Adelaide SA 5001