Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 faiths. Local government plays a key role in supporting and celebrating these culturally diverse residents. In 2011, 46 per cent of Victorians were either born overseas, or had at least one parent born overseas.
Our diversity policy adviser:
- addresses sectoral local government issues to enable increased responsiveness to cultural diversity
- supports strategic and social planning to inform local government cultural diversity policy and service development
- develops partnerships and relationships between the local government and multicultural community sectors
- assists local government with advocacy to advance the multicultural affairs agenda
- networks with relevant peak bodies and represents the sector on relevant committees
- supports and promotes the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN), and is its Deputy Co-Chair
- works closely with State and Federal Government on cultural diversity, settlement and citizenship matters.
This position is currently funded by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services to work with councils on meeting the needs of home and community care clients whose diversity may be a barrier to access.
We maintain an email distribution list for local government staff responsible for or interested in culturally inclusive multicultural services and policy development.
Staff on the list receive:
- Fortnightly updates which include information on new resources, upcoming forums and events, research and general news and advice. Staff can use the eNews to request relevant assistance or information from other councils.
- Information about Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) meetings.
- Regulatory or other updates of particular importance.
To join the eNetwork, email Bianca Nutt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racism. It Stops With Me.
We formally signed up to the Australian Human Rights Commission campaign Racism. It Stops With Me. The campaign aims to promote cultural awareness and a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced.
Racism locks people out of social and economic opportunities, entrenching disadvantage. It adds unnecessary costs to our workplaces and our economy and it works against our goal of guilding a fair, inclusive community.
Many Victorian councils have also joined the campaign.
The federal government's Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) provides free interpreting services to local councils for many municipal services. For more information contact the Language Policy Liaison team on email@example.com or 1300 575 847.
You can find presentations on cultural diversity in our past event presentations section.
For more information about our work on cultural diversity, contact:
Diversity Policy Adviser
03 9667 5580