Diversity & inclusion
There are many reasons to support and celebrate a municipality’s diversity; such as increased social cohesion and sense of belonging, a stronger economy, vibrant arts and culture, and overall community wellbeing.
There are also legislative reasons in both the Local Government Act 1989 and Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights, which is why diversity and inclusion is a key issue for the MAV.
MAV Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement
At the October 2017 State Council meeting, we passed a resolution to adopt a policy statement in support of marriage equality as a human right, and to affirm our support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community. In February 2018, our Board endorsed the MAV Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement
MAV Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity
The cultural diversity of Victorian municipalities is ever-increasing, adding great benefit and reinforcing the need for culturally-inclusive policy and services. Along with our Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity, our current priorities include regional settlement and local government responses to extremism. Read more about our work in Cultural Diversity.
Aged Care Sector Diversity Support and Development
We support the capacity of Victorian councils to meet the needs of diverse Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and Home and Community Care Program for Young People (HACC PYP) clients. For details, read about our work in Diversity in Community Care.
Our support efforts are currently focused on:
- Visiting individual councils to advise on any challenges, gather best practice and discuss the development of diversity plans
- Veterans, care-leavers (those who experienced institutional care), people with mental health problems, and parents separated from their children by forced adoption or removal
- Enhancing the use of access and support services.
Access and Support Service Campaign
We have partnered with the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) on a project to enhance connections between Access and Support Services
Review of our Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity
In 2018 we will be working with our Multicultural Committee to review and update our 2012 Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity.
Committees and reference groups
We represent local government on numerous high-level advisory and reference groups, including:
- the Diversity Working Group - read more under Diversity in Community Care
the Victorian Public Service Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice various others relating specifically to Cultural Diversity
Social Cohesion in Practice Portal
Our Social Cohesion in Practice Portal
Diversity in Community Care
A range of resources are available under Diversity in Community Care
Various resources specific to meeting the needs of culturally diverse residents (not just community care clients) is available on our Cultural Diversity
Engage with us
Diversity in Community Care eNetwork
Victorian council staff keep up-to-date on diversity-related aged and community care matters through this eNetwork. For details, read about our work in Diversity in Community Care.
This eNetwork keeps Victorian council staff up to date on matters relating to cultural diversity across all council areas. It includes the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN).
For more information contact:
(03) 9667 5512.