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
For the last 20 years Migrant Information Day has been held annually at Rockdale Town hall. The event is an opportunity for our culturally and linguistically diverse communities to access information from government and non- government organisations and services. The fun and interactive event helps newer residents to settle more smoothly and increases opportunities for engagement with the broader community.
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 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.
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.
Multicultural Organisations and Bodies
- Advanced Diversity Services
- Asylum Seekers Centre
- Australian National Committee on Refugee Women
- Australian Red Cross
- Centre for Refugee Research
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection
- Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW
- House of Welcome
- Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
- Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
- Multicultural NSW (Community Relations Commission)
- National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (Free call 1300 557 470)
- NSW Refugee Health Service
- Refugee Advice and Casework Service
- Refugee Council of Australia
- Settlement Services International
- STARTTS (The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors)
- Sydney Multicultural Community Services
- Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees