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The Smolicz Award research project

The Smolicz Award was established in 2009 to honour the legacy of Professor Jerzy (George) Smolicz AM (1935 – 2006) in the areas of languages and multicultural education. The award is no longer open for applications.

Changing the award's focus

The Smolicz Award previously provided scholarships to support the training of languages teachers in South Australia. In 2017, the Multicultural Education and Languages Committee (MELC) asked the Smolicz family about changing the award’s focus. A project proposal is currently under discussion.

About Professor Smolicz

Professor Smolicz was Chair of the former Multicultural Education Committee (MEC) 1985–2005. He was Professor in the Department of Education and Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Multicultural Education (CISME) at the University of Adelaide. He contributed towards government policies through his membership of several committees, including one that produced the report Education for a Cultural Democracy (1984. This report became the blueprint for successive South Australian Governments in the area of multicultural education policy.


Funding was provided by:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Flinders University of South Australia
  • Catholic Education of South Australia
  • Association of Independent School of South Australia
  • the Modern Language Teachers Association of South Australia
  • the former Ethnic Schools Board.


MELC Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1191
Email: education.mecs [at] sa.gov.au