Australian Donna is an open-space for women of Italian origin in Australia.

We aim to favour the exchange of information, knowledge and topics related to the world of women.

Our space will grow and be enriched through the contribution of different realities and individual experiences of all participants. More...

Congratulations to Angela Scarino for the Italian Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana Award


Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in Justice and Society and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures at the University of South Australia. Her academic specialisations are languages education, particularly within a multilingual and intercultural orientation; second language assessment and second language teacher education. 

Angela has led all the major languages curriculum policy developments Australia-wide, including the current National Curriculum for Languages for Australia. She has extensive international experience in advising and co-designing policies, curriculum, and assessment programs for Languages, including in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, France, and New Zealand.

Angela has been a Chief Investigator on a range of research projects, all of which are based on praxis – working collaboratively with practitioners to change and to be informed by change in practice.  More...

Break the silence – Say No to violence – Australia Donna Seminar 22nd August 2023

Break the silence – Say No to violence
22nd August 2023 at the SA Campbelltown City Council

This was the third seminar of the year as part of a project of the Australia Donna Association to raise awareness among women of Italian origin on the physical and emotional impact of domestic and family violence; on the cost of remaining silent and how to access information and support.

The seminar opened with a presentation by Ruth Steer, who outlined the free medical and counselling services provided by Cedar Health Service that addresses the health impact of domestic and family violence.

Ada Scalzi, former Brevet Sargent at SAPOL, addressed the physical and emotional experiences faced by women victims of violence who decide to continue to stay in their homes as well as the legal and financial challenges encountered by women who decide to leave. More...

Break the Silence – Say no to violence

Friday, 28 April, 2023
10 am – 3 pm

Campbelltown Council Conference Room
172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor, SA 5073

Lunch provided.

Australia Donna presents a free seminar on domestic violence, exploring the repeating patterns of the exploitation, abuse and violence towards women.

Proudly supported by Campbelltown Council’s Community Grants Program.


Australia Donna Breaking the Silence – No to Violence Seminars 

In the course of 2023 the Australia Donna Association set out to make a contribution to education and awareness against domestic violence through a series of seminars aimed at women of Italian origin in Australia. The central theme of the seminars was to highlight the cost of remaining silent about domestic violence and abuse in the many ways it can manifest in their lives.  More...

Castagne e Vin Brulé 2023

Sunday, 21 May, 2023
2 – 4pm

Montacute Institute Hall
63 Institute Road, Montacute, SA 5134

Tickets: $35 / $30 (pensioner card)
To book, call Vera: 0412 413 416

Daniela’s Speech on the day

Friends and supporters of Australia Donna, on behalf of AD committee – Vera Ubaldi, Gianna Vorrasi, Angie Morony, Vincenza Ferraro, Marylisa Fabian, Rosa Filosi and Teresa Esposito  –  a big welcome and thank you for joining us for this special afternoon.

 It is so wonderful to see you all again this year after several months of separation beyond our control and I will not even mention why! More...

Hopes and Dreams: Images from the CO.AS.IT Italian Historical Society Collection

Image: A group of young proxy brides travelling to Australia on the ship Neptunia, 1955. Courtesy CO.AS.IT. Italian Historical Society.

CO.AS.IT. Museo Italiano
199 Faraday Street, Carlton. VIC 3053.

4 October to 4 November 2022

Tues-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 1-5pm

Free entry.

A special History Month exhibition featuring a unique selection of images which provide a personal insight into the Italian migration and settlement story from departure, to arriving and finally settling. The images have been reproduced in a special large format to enable the viewer to see the many details that are often hidden in the original standard sized photographs, providing many opportunities to discover something new. More...