Hume City is a welcoming community that is rich in diversity, with residents of many ethnicities, faiths and beliefs, sexualities and gender identities, abilities and socio-economic status.
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.
Together we are working towards a more inclusive community where services and programs are accessible for all residents.
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.
Council is committed to the support and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, gender diverse and asexual (LGBTIQA+) communities.
In Hume City, there are a range of resources, groups and services available to LGBTIQA+ people. This includes:
GLITTER is a safe place for same sex attracted, gender diverse and LGBTIQA+ young people and supporters in Hume City. The groups meet in Craigieburn and Sunbury. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9205 2556.
Sunbury and surrounds LGBTIQ social club
The Sunbury and surrounds LGBTIQ social club is a community run group who meet regularly in Sunbury and surrounding areas. The group welcomes new members and people who interested in joining can visit the Facebook group.
All LGBTQIA+ Matter
All LGBTQIA+ Matter is a welcoming community run support group where older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual or questioning can meet like-minded people in the Hume City area. To join, visit the Facebook page.
LGBTIQ Community Connect (Northern Melbourne)
LGBTIQ Community Connect (Northern Melbourne) is a group for LGBTIQ people who live in Whittlesea and Hume. The group provides a safe and supportive space for the community and provides social events, trivia, film, book clubs and more.
DPV Health offer a range of health care services including medical, dental, disability, mental health, physical health and community support, in a safe and welcoming environment.
Staff at DPV Health have completed an inclusion training program on the needs and experiences of LGBTIQ people. The training features the perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds, information on inclusive language as well as the use of correct pronouns and names to ensure that everyone feels welcomed.
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health provide information on health, social and support services and resources for parents, young people and older individuals in Sunbury and surrounds.