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Aboriginal Transitional Housing Outreach Service Website:

Uniting Communities’ Aboriginal Transitional Housing and Outreach Service, also known as Kurlana Tampawardli, – ‘the New Houses on the Plains’ – provides short term transitional accommodation and support to Aboriginal people from regional and remote Communities.

In addition to its central 24-hour service at Hendon including four separate units of accommodation and an onsite office, Kurlana Tampawardli accommodates and supports people in four outreach properties in Northern Adelaide.

Kurlana Tampawardli supports people who wish to return to community through the ‘Return to Country Program’.

Kurlana Tampawardli is a partnership between the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Housing SA and Uniting Communities. Uniting Communites facilitates the service in partnership with Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (Salisbury Congress.)


To be eligible for Kurlana Tampawardli accommodation and support, people must fit the following referral criteria:

• Transient Aboriginal people from rural and remote communities who are sleeping rough in parklands and other locations;

• Transient and mobile Aboriginal people from rural and remote communities who are staying with friends and family in Housing SA properties, creating overcrowding and risk to tenancies;

• Transient and mobile Aboriginal people from rural and remote communities who seek assistance and support to safely ‘Return to Country’;

• Prioritisation will be given to families due to the nature of the accommodation and relevant risk to children.

How do you refer?

Kurlana Tampawardli accepts referrals from Government and Non-Government organisations, Homelessness Gateway Service, Domestic & Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service, Youth Gateway Service, family and friends as well as self-referral via our telephone number on (08) 8202 5610 and via H2H.

Admission must be pre-arranged.

Case Management

All clients in Kurlana Tampawardli’s Hendon and Outreach properties take part in intensive case management to ensure positive short term and long term outcomes for clients.

Kurlana Tampawardli refers clients where appropriate and negotiates case plans with other Homelessness services. This includes safe ‘Return to Country’.


Children presenting are considered and assessed as clients in their own right. All Kurlana Tampawardli staff are trained in child safe principles and take a child inclusive and child focused approach to working with families.


This service is free of charge, however those in short or long term housing will incur rental costs.

Opening Times:

This is a 24-hour service.

(08) 8202 5610

CREATE Foundation is Australia’s peak body representing the voices of all children and young people in out of home care.

CREATE Foundation Limited was founded in 1999. It was formerly known as the Australian Association of Young People in Care (AAYPC) which was started by Jan Owen in 1993. From humble beginnings as a small volunteer-driven group CREATE Foundation has evolved to become a national organisation with offices in every state and territory in Australia.

As a national organisation CREATE is better able to increase its reach to children and young people in care through its programs and events. As an advocate for children and young people in care CREATE ensures that their voices are heard by key decision makers in government and out-of-home care sector stakeholders.

CREATE Foundation is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors comprising representatives from some of Australia’s largest corporations.

Shelter SA is a peak housing organisation and advocates for improved housing outcomes for everyone, including those who are on low incomes and who are living with disadvantage.

Access to affordable, appropriate and secure long-term housing is the key to overall social well-being, and is critical to improving health and education outcomes for everyone. Shelter SA is a non-profit association incorporated in 1977 and is funded through the State Government’s Housing Minister’s Advisory Fund Shelter SA is a member of National Shelter, a network of Australian housing organisations. State Shelters exist in every state except Victoria.

LINK-UP SA Website:
Link-Up was established at Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc. in December 1999 to provide family tracing, research, reunion and counselling support for families and communities. There are services like these in every State and Territory of Australia and a national network of Bringing Them Home Counsellors.

Through the Link-Up services, government departments, churches and other institutions have released various records which provide valuable information about family connections.

There are various other resources which have been or are being developed to assist Indigenous people trace family connections. Link-Up has produced a book titled ‘Aboriginal Missions in South Australia’ which details the history of the missions and the names of people who lived there. A set of 10 missions and a mission map also giving a brief history of each mission including links to Key family names are available:
– Ernabella
– Raukkan
– Oodnadatta
– Nepabunna
– Poonindie
– Kooniba
– Swan Reach
– Umeewarra
– Ooldea

In 2005 Link-Up launched the ‘Finding Your Own Way’ resource directory. This resource provides historical, archival and how to access information relating to over 216 homes/institutions throughout SA where Aboriginal children were placed.

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