Tenancy Education Program

TED – Tenancy Education Program

TED – Tenancy Education Program – is an award winning initiative of ac.care which started as a pilot in Mount Gambier from the funds from the Support Homeless People Luncheons. TED is now available in the Adelaide Hills, Murray Mallee, Riverland and Limestone Coast.

For more information about the TED program, please contact care@accare.org.au or:


Mount Gambier Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street, Mount Gambier

7725 3000


ac.care Berri

5 Kealley Street, Berri

8580 5300


ac.care Murray Bridge

29 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge

8531 4900



Reconnect is delivered in Murray Bridge, Mid Murray, Karoonda, East Murray, Southern Mallee and the Coorong from ac.care’s Murray Bridge office. The aim of this program is to prevent homelessness and reduce its impact, particularly on families and young people, through innovative prevention and early intervention initiatives.

Reconnect is a community based early intervention program for young people aged 12 to 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their families. It aims to help young people achieve family reconciliation and improve their level of engagement with work, education, training and the community.

Reconnect provides peer support, mediation, group work and practical support in culturally and contextually appropriate services. Reconnect’s objectives are achieved by working with homeless young people and those at risk of homelessness to achieve:

family reconciliation, wherever practicable, between homeless young people, or those at risk of homelessness and their family;

  • engagement with employment, education, training and the community;
  • innovative service delivery approaches through the application of Good Practice Principles and Action Research;
  • improvement of coordination of services delivered by government and the community sector;
  • targeting of communities to build on their existing capacity to develop appropriate responses to their own needs; and
  • participation of culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


ac.care Murraylands

29 Bridge Street, Murray Bridge

(08) 8531 4900


Emergency Relief

Emergency Relief provides limited financial assistance and food items to people who are experiencing financial difficulties.


The service provides immediate response to a crisis situation for people in a way that maintains the dignity of the individual and encourages self-reliance.

The program may provide support with:

  • Pantry Food
  • Fuel vouchers
  • Prescriptions
  • Appointments

Appointments are required or referrals accepted by another agency.


What to bring with you:

  • your personal ID
  • Centrelink card (if applicable)
  • current Income Statement from Centrelink
  • any accounts/bills or medical appointments etc that may have caused you to seek assistance from ac.care


Contacts to make appointments:

Berri Community Centre

Thursday mornings 9:30am – 11.45 am

(10 x 15 minute appointments)

To make an appointment, please phone Berri Community Centre: 8580 5300


Millicent Community Centre

Wednesday and Friday Mornings

9.30am – 11am (4 appointments per day)

To make an appointment, please phone Millicent Community Centre from 3:00pm Tuesdays for ERP on Wednesday. Call: 8735 5700


Mount Gambier Community Centre

Monday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)

Wednesday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)

Friday 9.00am to 11.30 am (5 appointments)

To make an appointment, please phone the ac.care Mount Gambier Community Centre: 7725 3000


ac.care Murraylands Centre

Tuesday and Thursday mornings

9.30am – 12:00noon (6 appointments)

To make an appointment, please call ac.care Murray Bridge: 8531 4900

Studio Purpose


FOUR youths at risk of homelessness in the Murray Bridge area are now housed in modern apartments after local agencies and community partners worked together to make the Studio Purpose vision a reality. Habitat for Humanity led the construction phase of the innovative project and received broad community support to transform a vacant South Australian Housing Authority duplex into four units, thanks to contributions from the trades sector, construction businesses and volunteers. Community contributions allowed the development to be completed under-budget and ahead of schedule, with the complete apartments handed over in August 2021 for ac.care to welcome the first tenants as part of an innovative housing and support initiative.

DONATE: Anyone can make a tax-deductible donation online to help ac.care support Studio Purpose tenants HERE.

ONGOING SUPPORT: Call the ac.care Murraylands Centre on 8531 4900 to discuss any proposed ongoing support for the youth homelessness service.

Project Partners
Habitat for Humanity Australia, Habitat for Humanity South Australia, Anglicare SA, Rural City of Murray Bridge, headspace Murray Bridge, SA Housing Authority



COMMUNITY PROJECT: Murray Bridge volunteer Steve Brown, Habitat for Humanity’s Andrew Hurst and ac.care Murraylands Homelessness Service manager Thanuja Hiripitiyage welcome progress on the Studio Purpose development in Murray Bridge, which will provide four apartments for youths at risk of homelessness in the region.

National Homelessness Week 2022 voice and photo exhibition


Reflections on Homelessness – Our Future Can Still Be Bright – National Homelessness Week 2022 voice and photo exhibition



The Reflections on Homelessness – Our Future Can Still Be Bright exhibition was hosted by ac.care at Murray Bridge Town Hall on August 2, but is now available online in digital format.

Hosted as part of National Homelessness Week 2022, the event provided an opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness to express themselves by sharing photographs, written reflections and recorded audio statements, offering unique insight into their lives.

Explore this page to listen to our community’s voice through recordings and reflect on the photographs after the exhibition promoted self-expression to raise awareness of the housing crisis across Australia and our community.

ac.care would like to acknowledge and thank the people who contributed to this exhibition by sharing their personal experiences through images and audio.

WARNING: Some content featured below from the 2022 exhibition is confronting and includes themes of homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence. Viewer and listener discretion is advised.

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk, contact your local ac.care office on 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273) or out of hours contact the Homelessness Gateway on 1800 003 308. An appointment will be made for you to see one of our specialist homelessness workers. We will work with you to either try to keep a tenancy, find safe and stable accommodation options or support you with emergency relief.



Murraylands Photo Exhibition


THE impacts of homelessness viewed through the eyes of Murraylands youths will be explored in an art exhibition launching in August. Our Time Is Now is a collection of art from youths aged 14 to 17, sharing their personal reflections on homelessness and hardship as part of the ac.care project.

Coinciding with National Homelessness Week, held from August 7-13, the exhibition will be officially launched on Wednesday, August 9, at 10.30am at The Square in Murray Bridge.



Riverland Photo Exhibition


RIVERLAND residents affected by homelessness have shared their personal experiences through photos and words as part of an exhibition being launched by ac.care in Berri next week.

Places of refuge, the impact of a warm shower and the stability a home provides are all portrayed in the exhibition, which will go on public display for National Homelessness Week (August 7-13).

ac.care Riverland Homelessness Service manager Michelle Storry praised the people involved in the exhibition, encouraging the community to visit the Renmark Square shopping complex next week to view their stories.


Support Homeless People Luncheon

“We can all make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling, particularly when we come together,” the late Barry Maney OAM

The late Mr Barry Maney OAM always had a great empathy for people struggling in our community .

It was after a meeting with ac.care early in 2011 and reading a front page article in The Border Watch that Mr Maney learnt of the high number of homeless people ac.care was helping. Funds were desperately needed to provide extra support for finance, health, education, accommodation, household goods and employment etc. He discussed this with Mr Barry Stafford from The Barry Maney Group, who suggested a networking lunch that could bring businesses and organisations together to network, listen to a key-note speaker and raise funds.

Total funds raised to date: $340,000


Since 2012, 1147 local people, including children, have been assisted with the funds raised at the bi-annual Support Homeless People Luncheon. Businesses and the community have come together to raise over $340,000 for people who experience homelessness in the Limestone Coast.

ONE of the Limestone Coast's biggest fundraising events is back to support the work of ac.care in supporting vulnerable people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon will return to The Barn Palais on July 28.

A packed program of high-profile guest speakers, auctions, raffles and other activities to raise funds to support the work of ac.care is being finalised to feature on the day.

“This event traditionally sells out and attracts around 500 people to a remarkable day of fundraising, learning about homelessness in the Limestone Coast and how businesses and other stakeholders can make a difference, plus providing a great opportunity to network with people from across the region,” said event ambassador Barry Stafford, who has long been pivotal in the success of the luncheon.

On 13th April 2018, a sell out crowd of 500 business and community members raised $125,000 at lunch. The luncheon was again held at The Barn Palais, with key note speaker Mr Tim Guest. A video was shown of three people who had experienced homelessness and had been helped by ac.care talking to three business owners who support the work of ac.care. The committee was joined by Astyn Reid from Kinship Productions.

In 2014 another lunch was organised by the same committee, this time renamed to “Support Homeless People Luncheon”.

The interest had grown so much that the Luncheon was moved to The Barn Palais to accommodate the extra numbers. The key note speaker was Mr David Brand, Chairman and Managing Director New Forests Ltd. A young woman, Ellen, who had experienced homelessness also spoke.

Three hundred and sixty-people attended and raised $77,000.

In August 2011, Mr Maney brought together a small committee comprising Anne Hinkly-Tyler (ac.care), Barry Stafford (Director-Barry Maney Group) and Robin Reid (The Border Watch) and together this team arranged a fundraising luncheon in April 2012 titled “Help Build the Bridge”.

This inaugural event was held in the City Hall and the guest speaker was Mr Stephen Gerlach AM, Chancellor of Flinders University and Chairman of Foodbank SA.

The luncheon was a sell-out, with 162 guests attending and more than $38,000 was raised.

Support Homeless People Luncheon News

Kelly’s story: Uncertainty the hardest part of homelessness

Oct 26, 2023

KELLY says the “unknown” is the hardest part of homelessness. “I had never been in that situation before, so it’s pretty hard,” she explains. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kelly and her then-partner had well-paid jobs and structured lives. Yet a series of setbacks saw them camping on the beach at Robe with their children … Continued

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Jason, Peter and Shane at the Homelessness luncheon

Homelessness fundraiser raises close to $130,000 in a day

Aug 9, 2023

OUTSTANDING SUCCESS: Pictured above are 2023 Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon coordinator Jason Wallace, Premier Peter Malinauskas and ac.care chief executive officer Shane Maddocks celebrate the success of the luncheon, which raised close to $130,000 to support vulnerable people.

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Two weeks until major Limestone Coast charity luncheon

Jul 14, 2023

We have a fantastic afternoon planned with Premier Peter Malinauskas visiting as our guest speaker and capacity for 500 people to enjoy a long lunch while learning about ac.care

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Premier Peter Malinauskas to address Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon

Jun 29, 2023

PREMIER of South Australia Peter Malinauskas will visit Mount Gambier next month as the guest speaker for the Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon.

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Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon returns

May 22, 2023

ONE of the Limestone Coast’s biggest fundraising events is back to support the work of ac.care in supporting vulnerable people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

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Study shows vulnerable people priced out of housing

Apr 27, 2022
Vulnerable priced out of housing About ac.care's homelessness services Snapshot Methodology Findings in detail Policy Implications Vulnerable priced out of housingVulnerable priced out of housingA STUDY of properties available in southern country South Australia has found the private rental market is failing people on low incomes."Some people may have shelter or accommodation, but for many … Continued
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April date set for Support Homeless People Luncheon

Dec 20, 2021

REOPENING of state borders has prompted scheduling of Friday 8 April for the Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon at the Barn Palais. The announcement follows several COVID-19 induced postponements of the sold-out event. Everything that makes the luncheon special will remain the same, including keynote speaker Melanie Cooper OAM, emcee Rupert McCall AM and … Continued

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After Hours – all locations


Homelessness Gateway (24/7) – 1800 003 308

Youth Gateway – 1800 807 364

Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway – 1800 800 098

Community forum to inspire people to open hearts and homes to children

PEOPLE passionate about the welfare of children are urged to attend a foster care forum this month in Strathalbyn to learn how they can make a difference in young local lives. Foster carers are needed to support vulnerable children unable to live with their birth parents in the Murraylands, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills. Regional … Continued
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Decades of care leaves proud legacy for Muir family

THE story of Murraylands couple Jock and Lynette Muir is one of generosity, kindness and true dedication to helping children in need. Decades ago, they opened their home to foster children with the support of country agency ac.care, providing a safe and loving environment, and ultimately changing the course of the lives of young people in their care.
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Childhood foster support prepares Jess to thrive as young adult

Become a foster carer – learn more MAKE every opportunity count has long been a mantra for Mount Gambier teenager Jess Tresidder, who is about to embark on her next journey studying a double degree at the University of South Australia. It is the latest goal set by the 18-year-old who has been a high … Continued
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Mount Gambier foster care manager swaps roles to help flood-affected residents

A MOUNT Gambier social worker witnessed first-hand the impacts of the River Murray flooding on Riverland communities after volunteering for three weeks to support affected residents. ac.care Limestone Coast foster care service manager Sherri Winter was a welcoming and compassionate presence for residents seeking support at the Riverland emergency relief centre in Berri. Ms Winter … Continued
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Fleurieu couple’s lives transformed by foster care

"He's done more for us than we have for him," says Fleurieu Peninsula foster carer Tony about the boy he has welcomed into his family with wife Laura.
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National Child Protection Week highlights need for foster carers

CARING adults living in regional South Australia can play a key role in ensuring the state's most vulnerable babies, children and young people receive safety, care and support when they need it most.
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Mount Gambier foster care coffee morning

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Limestone Coast your love and support as a foster carer?ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care information session coffee morning – Berri

Do you have space in your heart and home to offer a child in the Riverland your love and support as a foster carer? ac.care is seeking caring adults to become foster carers to support vulnerable local children long-term, short-term, in emergency situations or to provide occasional respite for other carers. You can find out … Continued
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Foster Care Information Session – Renmark Library

Become a foster carer with ac.care Join Brenton at Renmark Library, on Tuesday 22nd February at 4.30pm for an information session about the process to become a foster carer and to have your questions answered. To find out more, call 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273) or email care@accare.org.au
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Lions helps share festive thanks to carers

LIONS clubs have helped ac.care share gratitude to foster carers on behalf of the community for the remarkable contribution they make to supporting young lives. When COVID-19 concerns prevented Christmas events being held to bring carers, children and ac.care staff together to mark the end of the year, Lions clubs answered the call for donation … Continued
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Foster family shares joy of Christmas

THREE young siblings welcomed into a country South Australian family last year are looking forward to everything about celebrating Christmas in the stability, safety and care of their foster home this December.
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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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