A Strong History
Sri Lanka Association of NSW (SLA NSW) is a non-political, non-religious, and a not-for-profit organisation that was specifically formed to serve the Sri Lankan-Australian community in New South Wales.
Since its foundation in 1973, SLA NSW has been providing community services as well as organising various cultural and social events throughout the year. SLA NSW has also organised and been involved in various activities promoting multiculturalism and fundraising for victims of natural disasters.
A Vision For 2020
Our vision is to build on a strong history to accelerating strategic outcomes, realising results for our members through broader partnerships. We drive to increase member experience, social cohesion, innovation and sustainable administration.
What we set out to achieve?
A common meeting ground
To provide a common meeting ground for persons of Sri Lankan origin and to integrate with the Australian community on a multi-racial basis
Promote and perpetuate the cultural heritage
To promote and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka amongst members of the Association and the Australian community.
To organise the raising of funds and such other things and resources for donations to charities in Sri Lanka or Australia.
Interests and welfare
To propose measures and take action with regard to the interests and welfare of the Sri Lankan community and make representations to State and Commonwealth Governments and other organisations on relevant matters..
To contact new migrants of Sri Lankan origin arriving in New South Wales as permanent residents and assist such persons towards settling.
To work towards the advancement of Sri Lankans and Australians of Sri Lankan descent in New South Wales and in that regard to work alone, or in Association with any other organisation.
To participate as a body in matters of special interest to the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales and Australia.
Social cohesion and harmony
To promote social cohesion and harmony among the Sri Lankan community within the framework of a united and democratic Sri Lanka and work towards the perception of the integrity of Sri Lanka as a nation.
To work towards the reform of immigration laws particularly as they affect persons of Sri Lankan origin.
To establish a trust fund or funds to assist persons of Sri Lankan origin in Australia or in Sri Lanka in need generally and to establish solely or in Association with any other organisation a nursing home/hostel/retirement home, together with ancillary facilities or religious centres.
Recognition and welfare
To recognise and support the existence and welfare of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as a single sovereign nation state
We offer memberships for individuals, families. Are you interested in obtaining a life membership with the association?
Please fill in the membership application form. We will be in touch with once your membership is presented for the committee for approval. We will e-mail you with bank details to transfer the membership fees.
$10 per year starting 1st November to 30th October
$20 per year starting 1st November to 30th October
A one time membership fee of $150.
Committee For 2019-2020
0424 960 800
Sunil de Silva
Public Officer & Secretary
04 300 900 20
- Dr Gani Thenabadu
- Ananda Amaranath
- Ruwan Walpola
- Nizar Sappideen
Our value comes from simultaneously unlocking the power of the two most important audiences; our members and wider community. We harness the power of association to help the community to do great things by providing access to networking and engage in social good.
Friends & Partners
Blacktown City Council
Hornsby Shire Council
Sydwest Multicultural Services
|1973-1976||Dr. George Ratnavale|
|1976/1977||Dr. R.C. J Rustomjee|
|1977-1979||Dr. (Mrs.) Lilamani Ruben|
|1979/1980||Dr. Don Wijeratne|
|1980/1982||Mr Tiddy Wijeratne|
|1982/1983||Dr. Don Wijeratne|
|1984/1985||Dr. M.B. Kappagoda|
|1985/1986||Dr. D.R.L Fernando|
|1986/1987||Dr. L.S Kotagama|
|1987-1989||Dr. Harold Gunatillake|
|1989/1990||Dr. Palitha Abeywickrema|
|1990/1991||Mr. Cecil Weerakoon|
|1991/1992||Mr. Lal Gomez|
|1992/1993||Mrs. Freda Karunaratne|
|1993/1994||Mr. Tilakaratna Subasinghe|
|1994-1997||Mrs. S. Wijesena|
|1997/1998||Mr. Gamini Kulasuriya|
|1998/1999||Mr. Sunil de Silva|
|1999/2000||Mr. Roshan Wickremanayake|
|2000/2001||Mr. Sarath Nanayakkara|
|2001/2002||Mr. Ananda Amaranath|
|2002/2003||Mrs. Prinzie Perera|
|2003/2004||Mr Jayantha Abeydeera|
|2004/2005||Mr. W.W Ariyaratne|
|2005/2006||Mr. Aubrey Joachim|
|2006/2007||Mr. Roshan Wickremanayake|
|2007/2008||Mr. Kumar Athulathmudali|
|2008/2009||Mr. Ruwan Walpola|
|2009/2010||Dr. Nimal Edirisinghe|
|2010/2011||Mr. Avinder Paul|
|2011/2012||Mr. Roshan Wickremanayake|
|2012/2013||Prof. Shelton Pieris|
|2013/2014||Mr. Ranjan Wijey|
|2014/2015||Mr. Ruwan Walpola|
|2015/2016||Mr. Ajith Karunaratne|
|2016-2018||Mr. Sam Masachchi|
|2018/2019||Dr. Gnani Thenabadu|