Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Bayside is a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community comprised of many cultures and people with a history of diverse traditions.

Council is a culturally and linguistically diverse City

The City of Bayside is a community of many cultures and people with a rich history of diverse traditions.

Almost half of our residents (46% - 71,894 people) were born overseas and 53% of people speak a language other than English at home.

Our City is home to a number of skilled migrants who play a key role in terms of contributing to our local economy. Our multicultural community is one of the many assets that make Bayside a dynamic place to live, work and play.  

Engagement with our multicultural communities

Bayside Council leads and contributes to a number of initiatives that enhance the health and wellbeing of our multicultural communities.

Migrant Information Day

Due to COVID-19, Migrant Information Day was not held in 2020. Traditionally the day is celebrated at the Rockdale Town Hall. The event provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate our culturally and linguistically diverse communities that make up the Bayside Local Government Area. On the day there are fun interactive activities, cultural food stalls as well as government, non-government and community organisations information stalls.

Doing it Differently Initiative

Doing It Differently is a grants initiative of up to $10,000 per project being delivered in the Bayside Local Government Area (LGA) by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Bayside Council. 

This grant was created to support the community of Bayside to:

•          Build healthy, strong, connected and inclusive communities

•          Build social connection

•          Encourage people to build civic and community life

•          Enhance levels of trust and inclusion within and between communities

•          Enhance awareness, connection and use of community assets, capacities & skills

The grant process is very simple with support offered in developing project ideas. Doing it Differently represents a great opportunity for multicultural groups and organisations supporting cultural diversity to run projects and programs.


Refugee Week

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. While Bayside is home to a relatively small number of people from a refugee background, Council is an active contributor to Refugee Week and held two events in 2018 to engage the broader community and raise awareness.


Harmony Day

Harmony Week is about celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Harmony week takes place Monday 21 to Sunday 27 March 2022. The theme of Harmony Week is everyone belongs. It is about promoting an inclusive society.

At Bayside Council, we celebrate diversity and promote an inclusive, cohesive and welcoming community where all residents feel a sense of belonging.

Our community is diverse with 41% of the population born in countries where English is not the first language. Bayside Council residents practice over 60 religions. 

The Bayside area is a Refugee Welcome Zone city. A Refugee Welcome Zone is a Local Government Area (LGA) which has made a commitment in spirit to:

  • welcoming refugees into the community

  • upholding the human rights of refugees

  • emonstrating compassion for refugees

  • enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

We welcome refugees, uphold their rights and demonstrate compassion by supporting refugee to settle in the area.

Harmony Day (Monday 21 March) coincides with the United Nations international Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Bayside's Multicultural Community

Bayside has a rich cultural diversity which is something we at Bayside Council are very proud of; we work to ensure that our services, programs and activities are accessible and available to all.

Watch our video to see how Bayside Council supports and celebrates our multicultural community.

Inter - agency Networks

There a number of networks that bring together organisations and services committed to the improvement of health and wellbeing for multicultural communities. Local groups, community and neighbourhood centres, government and non-government organisations meet to discuss issues, propose strategies to improve client services and actively represent the needs of people from multicultural backgrounds. Some of the key local networks include:

  • Inner Eastern Sydney Multicultural Interagency
  • St George Multicultural Network
  • Multicultural Health Committee

CALD Festivals and Celebrations

With such diversity within our City, there are always cultural and religious holidays being celebrated and observed by our communities. Multicultural NSW publishes an annual calendar of some of the events and dates.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity