Slovenian Welfare and Information Office Inc

Slovensko socialno skrbstvo in informacijski urad

On 28 January 2005, the Slovenian community had a meeting, led by Mr. Mandelj, President of Slovenian Organisations of Victoria, to establish a welfare and information office to assist the elderly members of Slovenian community in Victoria. Helena Leber had instigated the proposal in 2003. There is  a  Management Committee and Team. Office bearers: P Mandelj (Chairman), R Carmody, R Crooks, S Ceferin, S Penca, J Caf, N Ramuta
Management team: C Antauer, S Crooks, A Toplak, M Ogrizek, M Ogrizek.
Mission of SGIO:
To assist elderly citizens within the Victorian Slovenian community
To assist in the relief of poverty amongst elderly Slovenians in Victoria
To provide information and guidance in relation to health, pension and general welfare
To organise cultural and social activities
To arrange visits and consultation with elderly and sick members of the Victorian Slovenian community
It has been particularly successful in providing assistance in a number of cases relating to issues of inheritance and property in Slovenia.

Sasha Ceferin was Secretary for correspondence and texts in Slovenian language. She resigned from this position and SWIO, as well as from the Slovenian Organisations of Victoria on 23 February 2009.

Slovenian Welfare and Information Office Inc
19 A’ Beckett Street, Kew, VIC 3101
Tel/Fax  61 03 9853 7600
President: Peter Mandelj  OAM
Secretary: Rodney Crooks



Aleksandra Ceferin

Aleksandra Ceferin (M.A., B.A., Dip.Ed.) has introduced Slovenian language as a school subject in Australian school system and founded the Slovenian Teachers' Association of Victoria in 1976. She has extensive experience in language education: as teacher, lecturer, curriculum coordinator, course writer, language consultant and manager, VCE State Reviewer and Chief Examiner. Since 1998 she has been the President of ISSV and the manager and chief editor of its projects. Aleksandra visits Slovenian annually, establishing and maintaining contacts with Slovenia, and initiating exchanges and cooperation between organizations. In 2004 she was the recipient of the National Education Award of RS Slovenia.