About Us

Mission Statement

  • We are an elected body, enacted by the Italian Government to represent the needs, desires, hopes, and aspirations of the diverse Italian communities in South Australia and advise the Italian Government authorities and relevant stakeholders on ways of responding to these needs;
  • We put forward perspectives, proposals and initiatives which are intended to benefit local Italians and Italian Communities in areas that include social, cultural, welfare, education, recreation, sport and leisure;
  • We work in partnership with the Consular Authorities, Governments, Organisations and Associations to advocate, advise and facilitate on the needs, hopes and aspirations of the Italian Communities;
  • We do the above through consultation, and research to extend our understanding.


Our Vision

  • A high achieving committee that understands, respects and values the vibrant and diverse Italian Communities of South Australia, recognises and represents their needs, and inspires future generations to maintain and develop strong affiliations with the Italian language and culture.


Our Purpose

  • Facilitating and enabling Services to meet the needs of Italian Communities Living Abroad


Our Stakeholders

  • Diverse Italian communities
  • Italian Organisations and Associations
  • Italian Government through the Italian Consulate of Adelaide and the Italian Embassy in Canberra;
  • General Council of Italians Abroad (CGIE); and
  • Local, state and federal governments of Australia


Our Values

  • People as our focus
  • Respect
  • Consultation, collaboration, and responsiveness
  • Embracing diversity, innovation, and contemporariness
  • Accountability, transparency, and integrity


Our Team

President – Dr Antonio Dottore

Vice President – Dr Pina D’Orazio

Executive Member – Stefano Pratola

Secretary – Teresa LaRocca

Treasurer – Mark D’Angelica (Co-opted Member)



Dr Francesca Bucci (Dec 2021 to July 2024) 

Luigi Ialenti (Dec 2021 to July 2024) 

Dr Giuseppe Laera (Member from Sept 2023)

Rosa Matto (Co-opted Member)

Prof Marinella Marmo (President Dec 2021 to Jan 2024)

Gianraffaele Moffa (Dec 2021 to July 2024)

Dr Ilaria Pagani (Treasurer Jan 2022 to Jan 2024)

Andrea Planamente (Member Dec 2021 to June 2023 and Vice-President Dec 2021 to May 2023)

Ben Rillo (Co-opted Member Jan 2022 to May 2023)

Leonard Sciancalepore (Co-opted Member Jan 2022 to May 2023)

Caterina Strangio

Dr Tiziana Torresi (Member from May 2024)

Elena Zullo (Member Dec 2021 to May 2024 and Executive Member Dec 2021 to May 2023)


Past Presidents

2021-2024 Prof Marinella Marmo

2017-2021 Dr Christian Verdicchio

2015-2017 Mark Quaglia

2004-2015 Cav Vincenzo Papandrea

1992-2004 Cav Paolo Aromataris

1990-1992 Cav Prof Marcello Costa

1988-1990 Cav Paolo Nocella