sacta was established within SA in 2013 as a response to the Aged Care Reforms which were expected to have had significant changes for the community transport sector such as:


  • Transitioning to a competitive market.

  • The ever increasing wishes of governments to interact with peak bodies rather than individual organisations.

It was believed that the time was right to form a Community Transport peak body in SA to enable providers to have a consolidated voice moving forward.

In 2015 the Australian Community Transport Association peak asked the South Australian focus embrace the Northern Territory as part of a national initiative.

sacta is a Peak Body providing a united voice for its Community Transport members in South Australia and Northern Territory.

Our role is to:


  • Strengthen community and political awareness around the value of community transport


  • Advocate on behalf of our members to all levels of government: local, state and federal including representation from SActa to the national peak body – ACTA (Australian Community Transport Association). 

  • Provide opportunities for members and transport providers to connect, be informed and promote the value of community transport.

sacta has been providing leadership, support, and resources to our members and currently has members from Local Governments, the Not for Profit Sector, Community Passenger Networks, other transport providers and various associate memberships.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and Elders past and present across Australia. We give particular acknowledgement to the traditional custodians of the lands where our members are located and the areas where we work. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present and to those of the future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the cultures and aspirations of Aboriginal Australia. We must always remember that under the concrete and asphalt that land is, was and will always be traditional Aboriginal land.






Marissa has vast experience and knowledge with Community Transport where she has worked for the past 13 years as well as in the home and community care sector for a total of 23 years. She has now been on the SActa Committee since 2015, mainly in the role of Secretory. One of her strengths is an understanding of the CHSP/CPN sectors and the issues that community transport providers and their clients face. Marissa believes that consultation with members is important. She brings 20 years of experience in leadership roles with a strong focus on outcomes to the committee which should prove valuable. Her key focus as is SACTA’s is to communicate and consult where appropriate with members to ensure that issues are well understood and secondly, to lobby with governments about any identified issues. It is crucial at this time when aged care is undergoing massive reform and the Community Connections program is taking shaped that SActa and ACTA influence government decision making so that the new systems work for community transport providers and more importantly, for their clients.


Marisa Elks

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David McDonald (FIPA FFA)

David is currently the CEO for Community Care and Transport Incorporated (CARE IN MOTION) on the Yorke Peninsula. He has an exceptionally strong background in both the Commercial and NFP sectors with over 30 years in senior leadership roles varying from CEO, COO, General Manager and Network Finance Manager. These roles combined with his strategic planning, sales, marketing and ability to build successful teams provide a strong and experienced skills base. He has had many roles which have given him much exposure to a broad range of stakeholders both internally, externally and numerous commercial business entities. As a result of his broad experience he possesses a sound knowledge of corporate governance, finance, risk, legal and business operations. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. David is very active in the community and currently is involved in the following entities: - Treasurer for SACTA (South Australian Community Transport Association), Steering Committee Member for the Yorke and Mid-North Peninsula Collaborative Project, Member of the Legatus Public Transport Reference Group in South Australia, Member - YP Business / Industry Advisory Group and  ACTA (Australian Community Transport Association) Board Member, State Representative South Australia.



Damien Graham

Damien, Coordinator at the Mid-North Community Passenger Network (MNCPN) has worked there for over 14 years. During this time he has accumulated an invaluable amount of knowledge regarding transport needs for South Australia. His positive attitude and organisational skills have helped to ensure that the MNCPN is a well-known, professional and successful transport organisation that currently operates to serve the community needs. He works collaboratively with other Community Transport Operators (CPN’s) and support organisations who provide other services to clients in the region. Damien was recently appointed to the board of directors for Country Home Services. His background includes managerial roles working with large groups of people, in the areas of Sales and Marketing.


Communications Officer:

Tammy Shepherd

Tammy is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Tailem Bend Community Centre (TBCC) and brings solid networking/collaboration contacts to the Committee. Having managed the Murray Mallee Community Passenger Network (MMCPN) since 2018 covering 35,000kms² provides extensive transport logistic experience. During her ten years at TBCC she has obtained an Advance Diploma Community Services. She is confident with Executive Leadership, Governance, Human Resources, Fiscal and Volunteer Management principles to name a few. Previous experience includes Local Government Work Health and Safety, Risk and Event Management. Additionally, she worked for the State Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport in Field Services Finance and Business Administration. Tammy is a great believer in continuous learning, sharing knowledge and empowering everyone to achieve their best.


Lyn has been managing Northern Passenger Transport for 21 years. With 47 volunteer drivers, 6 scheme vehicles and covering 6 councils in the upper north. Lyn has completed an advanced diploma in Community Management, and just completed a management course with Local Government. Her organisation has won many community achievements over the years proving the necessity of what this organisation brings to the communities it covers. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SACTA Committee.

Lyn Forster

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Laura Lewis

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Laura brings a vast array of skills to the SACTA committee including excellent communication, customer service and administration expertise. She is very much a resourceful team player who has successfully run her own small business for well over ten years. Additionally, she has been employed with the City of Victor Harbor for the last 5 years. Laura has gained extensive experience from numerous departments, including the Cemeteries department, Caring Neighbourhood Program, Customer Service, Library, the South Australian Whale Centre, Program Support Officer and Assistant Coordinator for the Southern Communities Transport Scheme (SCOTS). Most recently she have been appointed the Coordinator of the SCOTS team. She effectively manages a small team of staff combined with 40 volunteers. Laura has clearly shown her commitment to her community as she has previously been a volunteer for Fred' s Van for 2 years, which is run by St Vincent de Paul. Currently, she is a committee member for the Governing Council for The Goolwa Children's Centre and provides statistics to the Section 41 Committee as a staff member for The Southern Communities Transport Scheme.

Sidique Bah has been the transport coordinator for MCCSA's CHS Community transport program for over 10 years and has been a member of SACTA for over five years. His long-term experience working in community transport should make him a good  asset for the SACTA committee.

Sidique Bah



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