New residents


Thank you for choosing to call the City of Onkaparinga home.

We would like to help you feel welcome.

Your new community is a vibrant place with over 170,000 residents across 518 square kilometres. We have some of the best beaches in South Australia, a rich cultural landscape, world-renowned wineries and an abundance of places to explore and things to do.

The name Onkaparinga comes from the traditional Aboriginal place name Ngankiparinga, meaning "women’s river place".  We acknowledge the Kaurna Meyunna (People) and Nation as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land in the area now known as the City of Onkaparinga and this local living culture has developed over thousands of years.

The City of Onkaparinga is South Australia’s largest metropolitan council with a budget of more than $200 million and 1300 staff and volunteers. 

Our Community Plan 2030 represents the shared vision for our city. It sets our focus to achieve the outcomes our communities want us to bring to life.

We would like you to be part of our strong community spirit and encourage you to immerse yourself in all this region offers.

We hope you find your life here rewarding and fulfilling.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance.

Download our welcome booklet(PDF, 5MB)

Kaurna acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation and its people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land in the area now known as the City of Onkaparinga.

We recognise that this local living culture has developed over tens of thousands of years and that in today’s contemporary context, Kaurna and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (hereon referred to as First Nations peoples) are actively engaged in community life and bring their rich cultural heritage to the strong, vibrant communities we strive for.

We remember Kaurna people’s spiritual relationship with country when we make decisions about our region and that the protection of places of importance to Kaurna culture has an impact on the wellbeing and prosperity of Kaurna and other First Nations people.

We recognise our leadership responsibility to First Nations communities, local businesses, and service agencies by actively engaging in a shared journey towards reconciliation.

Reconciliation action plan(PDF, 2MB)

Welcoming new arrivals and refugees

We provide a range of services to help people from around the world settle in City of Onkaparinga. Our libraries and community centres offer a range of services and materials to support new arrivals. They can also support new arrivals and refuges to access supports and more broadly across the region tailored to individual needs.

Download the free My Local Services app to be advised on waste disposal and keep up to date with other council events.

To find out more on local community groups and services, including sporting, recreation and services, search the extensive database at

For people who have difficulty understanding English, the Australian Government provides a Translation and Interpreting Service (TIS) which can be contacted on 131 450

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Library services

We have six libraries in our city, all offering more than just books. Libraries are places to read, learn, create and connect.

Visit a library and enjoy our large collection of books, ebooks, dvds and magazines, get help with your digital device, play games, use the computers, research your family history, see out Justice of the Peace, utilise the printing, photocopying and scanners and get involved in activities and programs available.

See our library services

Community and Neighbourhood Centres

Our centres are a great place to learn new skills, meet new people and explore volunteer opportunities.  There are 11 centres located across our city and all offer unique programs and services.

Take a look at our Community Centres page for a range of activities and programs available at a centre near you.

Wakefield House and Elizabeth House are positive ageing centres that help bring people together to socialise and connect with others.

Our youth centres provide a wide range of programs and activities for young people.


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