The Multicultural Action Plan (MAP) provides strategic direction and guidance to Council to think, plan and deliver inclusively in response to the diverse needs of our increasing culturally diverse population.
The City of Greater Geelong has a population of over 238,603 (2016 ERP). Over 16 per cent of our residents are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The 2016 ABS data identifies 11% of the residents speak a language other than English at home.
This continues to change with humanitarian arrivals to Geelong from countries like Burma, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
A significant number of our CALD population include international students attending Deakin University and other tertiary education institutions within the municipality.
The plan has been developed in consultation with different agencies and recognises the importance of embracing cultural diversity as a whole of organisation approach and a multi agency approach to implementation. It underpins our planning and service provision.
There are 35 actions across four themes of respect and recognition, access and equity, responsive services and support.
One of the key aims is to reduce the barriers to Council services and information.
Our 2nd MAP is in the process of being endorsed. We continue to implement our inaugural MAP due to its long term and sustainable actions which are still relevant to the needs of our multicultural communities.