Cultural diversity in Hobsons Bay
According to Census 2011, Hobsons Bay has 25,840 (31%) residents who were born overseas, an increase of 2,180 (1.8%) since 2006. 23% of residents come from a non-English speaking countries.
5,388 (21%) of all overseas born residents arrived in Australia between 2006 and 2011.
The largest increases in birthplace countries of the population were for those born in:
- India (+1,639 persons)
- China (+313 persons)
- Burma (Myanmar) (+190 persons)
- Thailand (+162)
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census (usual residence data)
The Council recognises that there are many challenges ahead and through the Multicultural Policy 2012-2015, is prepared to respond to them. Our existing CALD communities are ageing, whilst the municipality is welcoming newly arrived residents from different parts of the world. Priority issues that the Council has identified include:
- Aged care (for more established CALD communities)
- Settlement support for new arrivals
- Communication and language
- Awareness and intercultural dialogue
- Safety and policing issues
The Multicultural Policy 2012-2015 builds on the considerable work already undertaken, some of which has received formal recognition through awards. It will guide the Council’s commitment to provide fair and equitable access to services and information for all residents, regardless of their cultural, religious or linguistic background.
For more information, please contact the Council’s Community Development Officer, Multicultural on 9932 1095.