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, almost 40 per cent of Hume residents were born overseas and come from 156 different countries. Hume residents speak over 150 languages.
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
Welcoming Cities Network
Welcoming Cities is a national network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.
Hume City Council is a signatory to the Welcoming Cities Network since 2016.
Welcoming Cities Awards for Change 2022
The Welcoming Cities Awards for Change celebrate leading practice and innovation in advancing welcoming and inclusive communities.
Hume City Council was a winner in the local council category for our continued engagement with diverse communities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Hume Health Champions program where a team of community leaders from diverse backgrounds, deployed to engage with members of their own communities.