Diversity Policy

Diversity Policy 2010 Document No: CPL300.1
Approval Date: 23-11-2010
Approved by: Council
Review Date: 23-11-2013
Responsible Officer: General Manager Corporate Services Version No 00
Authorising Officer: Chief Executive Officer

1. Purpose

This policy articulates Council’s position in relation to diversity in all its forms.

The policy has been established in recognition and support of the diverse population of Geelong, recognising the richness that diversity brings in all areas of life within the Municipality.

This policy identifies that local government should provide adequate, equitable and appropriate services and facilities to the local community taking into account their diverse needs, fostering peace, community cohesion and encouraging active participation in public and civic life.

This policy is underpinned by the following principles of:

  • Respect: The need to respect and make provision for the culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies of others within an Australian legal and institutional framework.
  • Community Relations and Civic Engagement: All individuals in the City of Greater Geelong should have the greatest possible opportunity to contribute to, and participate in, all aspects of public and civic life.
  • Accessible and Equitable Service Provision: All individuals should have the greatest possible opportunity to make use of and participate in relevant activities and programs provided by the City of Greater Geelong and other institutions.
  • Economic Drivers: Using Diversity for Competitive Advantage: Recognise the assets in the diverse population of City of Greater Geelong as a valuable resource and promote this resource to maximise the social and economic development of the City.

2. Scope

This policy lays emphasis on the understanding that each individual is unique. Hence, this policy extends to those people having any one or more of the following differences, which may include but not limited to, the following:- gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities.

3. References

  • State Government of Victoria (1989) – ‘The Local Government Act 1989’
  • City of Greater Geelong (2009) – ‘Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009 - 2013’
  • Multicultural Victorian Amendment Act (2008)
  • Multicultural Victoria Act (2004)
  • The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (2006)
  • Racial and Religious Intolerance Act (2001)
  • Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (2009) – ‘Building on Our Strengths: A framework to reduce race-based discrimination and support diversity in Victoria’
  • Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW (2003) – “Implementing the Principles of Multiculturalism Locally: A Planning Framework for Councils”
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission (2009) – ‘All of Us’ Victoria Multicultural Policy
  • Department of Human Services – ‘Gender and Diversity Lens for Health and Human Services’
  • Department of Human Services – ‘Victorian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Stage Two 2006 – 2010’
  • City of Greater Geelong (1999) – Managing Diversity Policy

4. Definitions

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognising our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.

Accepting diversity means embracing and celebrating the multifaceted and rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

5. Council Policy

It is Council policy to support diversity in the following ways:


Council’s operations are sensitive to and responsive to the needs of the diverse population.


Council advocates to other levels of government and agencies to provide the diverse population of Geelong with fair and equitable access to resources and services.


Diversity is promoted and the rich diversity of the City’s population is valued.


Council supports the diverse population to strengthen the capacity of individuals, groups, networks and organisations.


Diverse groups are consulted through appropriate processes and mechanisms on any policies and plans, current or future, likely to affect them.


The Diversity Policy informs existing and future initiatives which intersect with other Council policies and plans including City Plan 2009–2013: City of Greater Geelong, The Best Place to Live and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2009–2013.

6. Quality Records

Quality Records shall be retained for at least the period shown below.

Record Retention/Disposal Responsibility Retention Period Location

7. Attachments


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