The presence of a vibrant Greek-Australian Community in Australia, quickly resulted in the creation of numerous, well organised Communities and associations. In all major cities of Australia, newspapers and radio programs are active. The dynamism of the Hellenic Diaspora in Australia is also expressed via the successful performance of academics, scientists, entrepreneurs, journalists and artists of Greek descent.
The bilateral cooperation in culture and education is based on an Agreement on cultural cooperation signed in Canberra in 1979. This Agreement covers the fields of education, facilitation of teaching Greek and English respectively, culture, sport as well as cooperation between Media. Respective MOU’s for the implementation of the educational cooperation have been signed periodically with the States of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
Preserving Greek language is of paramount importance for the Greek-Australian Diaspora. Modern Greek has been incorporated as second language in the Australian primary and secondary school national Curriculum currently under consultation. This promising development empowers modern Greek as an optional language to be the choice of students who do not necessarily possess a Hellenic background.
A number of Greek language teachers operate in major cities of Australia, seconded by the Greek Ministry of Education. Locally recruited teachers join forces in the task of teaching the Greek language. The Archbishopric of Australia plays a pioneering role in terms of education, with very successful Greek-Orthodox schools. There are also very successful Grammar Schools in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
In major Australian universities, modern Greek Studies are available. More specifically, in New South Wales, at the University of Sydney, the Chair/Department of modern Hellenic Studies has been operational since 1983; in South Australia, at Flinders University, the LOGOS Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture has been established for the training and promotion of the Greek language teaching; in Queensland, at Griffith University, the Lexion Alliance Centre for Modern Greek Language and Culture has been established to promote the learning and preservation of the Greek language and Culture; in Western Australia, at the University of Notre Dame, a modern Hellenic Studies program is operational since 1999; and in Victoria, at the University of La Trobe, a course and degree of Hellenic Studies is offered.
Greek Communities and Parishes in Queensland.
Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane
36 Browning Street
South Brisbane Qld 4101
07 – 3249 1000
Greek Orthodox Community of The Dormition of the Theotokos
269 Creek Road
Mt Gravatt Qld 4122
07 – 33437304
Greek Orthodox Parish of St Paraskevi
241 Church Road
Taigum Qld 4018
07 – 3865 1218
Greek Orthodox Parish-Community of St Anna
31a Crombie Avenue
Bundall Qld 4217
07 – 5574 0777
Greek Orthodox Parish of the Sunshine Coast, Qld
6 Millwell Road
Maroochydore Qld 4558
0412 968 704
Greek Orthodox Community of St Nicholas
Toowoomba and Darling Downs Inc.
Cnr Perth & Hume Streets
Toowoomba Qld 4350
07 – 4691 1090
Greek Orthodox Community of St Nektarios
Cnr Kent & Fitzroy Streets
Rockhampton Qld 4700
Greek Orthodox Community of Sts Theodores
654 Sturt Street
Townsville Qld 4810
07 – 4721 1625
Greek Orthodox Community of St Stephens
5 Eighth Avenue
Home Hill Qld 4806
07 – 4782 1304
Greek Orthodox Parish of St John the Baptist Cairns
Cnr Kamerunga & Fairweather Roads
Redlynch (Cairns) Qld 4870
07 – 4058 1116