How It All Began

History of Victorian Croatian Aged Care Services

The idea of a Croatian aged care facility goes back to 1979 when the Australian Croatian Association of Geelong conducted a survey of needs of Croatian elderly in Geelong and produced a report in 1980. This report clearly forecasts a growing ageing migrant population and a lack of aged care facilities to meet those needs.

Many ethnic communities in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s built their own ethno-specific aged care facilities, including the Slovenians, Ukrainians, Hungarian, Dutch and Russian, but this was not the case for Victorian Croatians.

The Croatian community in Victoria has a strong and proud history of pooling their resources together to build churches, church halls, sporting centres and cultural associations. This has provided a valuable resource for the Croatian community to get-together, to maintain their language and continue their customs.

The planning and design of the Croatian specific aged care facility in Geelong is well underway and this community resource will soon benefit Victorian Croatians.

In 1980, a 'Survey of needs of Croatian Elderly in Geelong' by Frank .J. Campbell and 'Acknowledgements' by Jure Jakovljevic (who was the President of AHD at that time) was used by the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council in their submission for a Multicultural Aged Care Facility.

The First (Inaugural) meeting of the 'Steering Committee' for establishment of the Victorian Croatian Aged Care Facility was held 3. November 2006.

Survey of Needs

Survey of Needs

of Croatian Elderly in Geelong



by Jure Jakovljevic

First Steering Committee Meeting

First Steering Committee Meeting

3 Nov 2006

Contact Information

Victorian Croatian Aged Care Services – (VCACS)
ABN: 39 808 636 943                           

38 – 46 Barton St. BELL PARK, Victoria, 3215


Telephone: 03 7037 5100