Yarra is committed to creating a community where diversity is celebrated, and people feel safe and respected.
We’re a culturally diverse community with 29% of our residents born overseas. Our multiculturalism adds to Yarra’s unique character and makes our city a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
This is reflected in our Multicultural Partnerships Plan, which aims to make Yarra a place where all people feel welcome regardless of their race, culture, religion or language.
In line with our Multicultural Partnerships Plan, we run the following programs to support our multicultural community:
We also support key Victorian and Australian multicultural programs:
- We participate annually with Refugee Week which aims to highlight the contributions refugees have made to this country, while raising awareness to these issues.
- We’re proud to be a part of an alliance of businesses, sporting bodies, non-government organisations and local Councils across Australia who support the “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign since 2013.
- We’ve been recognised as a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002 and made a commitment to:
- welcome refugees into the community
- uphold the human rights of refugees
- show compassion
- enhance cultural and religious diversity in the community.
- We help facilitate the Yarra Multicultural Services Network (YMSN), a network of agencies in Yarra who provide services for refugees, asylum seekers and newly arrived migrants.