Racism - It Stops With Me

Hobsons Bay is proud of its cultural diversity. The people that work, live, learn and play in Hobsons Bay are from more than 140 countries of origin, speak over 100 languages and celebrate over 90 faiths. Hobsons Bay City Council supports intercultural relationships between people and groups to foster a sense of belonging for all.

Discrimination based on race is against the law. Racism has long term negative impacts on people’s health and wellbeing.

Hobsons Bay City Council is committed to:

  • raising awareness of racism and how it impacts individuals and the broader community
  • supporting individuals and community to prevent and reduce racism, and to seek help when it occurs

Reporting Racism

If you experience or witness discrimination and / or racism, you can make a short and confidential report directly to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Community Reporting Tool


This data is used to inform the Commission’s advocacy on law, policy and program changes to the Victorian Government to address racism and religious discrimination. Personal details of a community member are treated in strictest confidence in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic), and the Australian Privacy Principles.

Say No to Racism Training

Council has partnered with trainers Polykala to provide two free online workshops for community members to learn skills for taking safe and constructive action when witnessing racism.

What to expect:

  • Defining racism.
  • Intention and impact of racism.
  • Bystander action (options you can safely make if you witness racism).
  • Indirect and direct approaches to dealing with discrimination.
  • Practice difficult conversations.

How to register:

Please express your interest by emailing commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or calling 1300 179 944.

Who we are from Polykala on Vimeo.