Today, Hume residents come from more than 160 different countries and speak approximately 140 languages - with two out of every five residents speaking a language other than English.
The Multicultural Framework is Council’s commitment to take a whole-of-organisation approach to responding to the needs of the community, including established migrant communities and newly arrived and emerging communities. It provides direction and sets expectations for how Council will assist and better support diverse communities in Hume City. The Framework encourages the consideration of diversity across all Council strategies, action plans, service and activity planning.
Through this Framework, Council will continue to take a leadership role in how cultural diversity is celebrated in all aspects of life in Hume City. Four Framework Goals are outlined in the document, each highlighting a set of principles and practices. These will guide Council to deliver stronger outcomes for Hume’s multicultural community. The four framework goals are: are:
- A harmonious community
- An informed organisation
- A culturally responsive organisation
- An accessible Council
The Hume Interfaith Network (HIN) was established in 2001. Since that time, members have worked with Council to strengthen social justice, deepen mutual respect and promote community participation and wellbeing for members of different faiths. The HIN and HIN Youth aim to further develop understanding and harmony across the many faiths and cultures represented in Hume City. The Network can be contacted through Council's Community Strengthening team.
Aims of the Network
The HIN celebrates the rich diversity that exists in Hume. It plays a key role in promoting understanding by creating opportunities for people from diverse cultures and faiths to meet and learn from one another – and ultimately contribute to the wellbeing of the broader community. To find out more about the vision, principles, outcomes and activities of the HIN read the Hume Interfaith Network Plan(PDF, 135KB)
Hume Interfaith Network Youth (HIN Youth)
The Hume Interfaith Network Youth (HIN Youth) aims to create an opportunity for young people (16-24 years)of different faiths and cultural groups to meet and learn from one another in a spirit of dialogue and peace. HIN Youth foster social cohesion and inclusivity rather than promoting one religion over another or debating religious beliefs and to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the broader Hume community.
HIN Youth are a youth group supported by the Hume City Council which organises activities for young people from all cultural and faith backgrounds to explore issues of identity, leadership and belonging in a safe and fun environment.
The group is inclusive and open to leaders and representatives of the diverse faith and cultural communities of Hume. Membership is subject to an Expression of Interest process, for individuals who represent their faith community and accept the basic understandings and purpose of the Network.
As everyone in Hume and around world the responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hume Interfaith Network is here to share a message of hope.