About ISSV

Members and contact information

Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria Inc.
 2/43 Stockdale Avenue, Clayton North, VIC 3168, AUSTRALIA

Telephone: + 61 3 9544 0595
Mobile: 0418 147 843
E-mail: Issv@thezaurus.com

ISSV Membership

Become a member and support the Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria in its initiatives, activities, exciting new projects for promotion of Slovenia, its language and culture.

Individual Supporters

ISSV Inc. and thezaurus.com would like to express appreciation for valuable support from:

Australia and other countries
Laura Abram
France Benko
Iva Benko
Marcela Bole
Ciril Božič
Alexander Braletitch
Milena Brgoč
Ana Čeferin
Jana Ceferin
Milan Ceferin
Andy Chin
Lidija Čušin
Gustel Glavnik
Prof. Edi Gobetz
Prof. Andreš Jan
Lenti Lenko
Cheng Hong Lin
Štefan Merzel
Jan Novak
Paul Skok
Sonya Skok
Veronika Smrdel
Lucija Srnec
Štefan Srnec
Danila Štolfa
Linda Štolfa
Sonia Vadnjal
Bogdan Weinberger

Jožefa Ažman
Valerija Ažman
Janez Bitenc
Dragica Bošnjak
Berta Dolinar
Prof. Silvo Fatur
Evald Flisar
Breda Franetič
Drago Franetič
Miram Franetič
Prof. Martin Jevnikar
Daša Koprivec
Lojze Košorok
Spela Kučan
Dušica Kunaver
Dragica Motik
Lela B. Njatin
Mara Obreza
Maja Obreza
Vinko Obreza
Vid Pečjak
Marinka Pečjak
Nataša Potočnik
Alekcij Pregarc
Marija Sivec
Daša Toman
Prof. Miha Toman
Irena Uršič
Rado Vadnjal


The mission of the Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria is:
– Promotion, establishment and maintenance of Slovenian language and culture, principally through the medium of technology assisted learning, to benefit the descendants of Slovenian immigrants
– Development of the web node www.thezaurus.com as a vehicle for the study of Slovenian language, culture and the arts
– Presentation of Slovenia and Slovenian culture to the broader English-speaking world community.


In 1976 the first steps were taken to introduce Slovenian into the Australian school system. Aleksandra Ceferin (BA.MA.DipEd) made the first official approaches and by the end of the year  founded Slovenian Teachers’ Association of Victoria (STAV). Its aim was to garner  all teachers with Australian and/or Slovenian qualifications and provide a support group for the teaching of Slovenian language. Classes in the Saturday School of Modern Languages in three school centres in Melbourne started February 1977. 

About STAV/ISSV activities

STAV /ISSV activities since 1976 were founded on the premise that maintenance of language and culture is an important part of human experience and civilization, contributing in a tangible way to the quality of life…