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Cultural Diversity

People have come to Knox from over 130 different countries. According to the 2011 census, 28% (over 41,000 people) of Knox residents were born overseas, of which 20% (over 29,000 people) were born in non-English speaking countries. About 21% of people in Knox can speak a language other than English at home.

Join our Knox Multicultural e-bulletin

Knox City Council produces a regular multicultural e-bulletin that provides up-to-date news and information for individuals and groups.

Sign up now to our multicultural email list.

Racism. It Stops With Me

Knox City Council is an official supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME campaign.

What is the RACISM. IT STOPS WITH ME campaign?

This campaign is an initiative of the National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Government in August 2012.

The aim of the National Anti-Racism Strategy is:

To promote a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced.

The objectives of the Strategy are to:

  • Create awareness of racism and how it affects individuals and the broader community;
  • Identify, promote and build on good practice initiatives to prevent and reduce racism; and
  • Empower communities and individuals to take action to prevent and reduce racism and to seek redress when it occurs.

Why is Council supporting this campaign?

Knox Council’s first Multicultural Strategic Plan was launched in 2012 and is currently implementing this five year Plan (2012–17). The Plan incorporates five key goals, which are to:
  1. strengthen community engagement with multicultural people through effective communication and information provision
  2. celebrate multiculturalism and create opportunities that build and support social cohesion in Knox
  3. explore and implement initiatives that assist and retain skilled migrants in Knox
  4. enhance service planning and service development to meet the identified needs of migrants and refugees; and
  5. advocate on issues that impact on migrants and refugees in Knox.

The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ initiative aligns with Goal 2 of the Knox Multicultural Strategic Plan, as outlined above.

Additionally, the campaign supports ‘Theme Four’ of the City Plan, particularly; Objective 4.1; improving the acceptance and valuing of diversity and difference in the Knox community.

What can you do to fight racism?

Standing up to racism shows the target of the racist behaviour that you don’t support it and can be a powerful sign of support. It can also make the perpetrator think twice about what they are saying or doing.

View Tips for bystanders on how everyone can play a role in preventing racism.

Knox Multicultural Directory

The Knox Multicultural Directory has a number of purposes. These are:

  • To provide information to the general community about the growing cultural diversity in Knox;
  • To assist individuals and service providers with making connections to migrant and refugee groups based in Knox; and
  • To assist migrants and refugees in Knox to connect with services that would be useful for them.

Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, relevant and up to date information in this Directory. However, please feel free to contact Council’s Multicultural Communities Officer on 9298 8000 to provide any further updates.

Download the Knox Multicultural Directory (PDF)

Knox Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Knox Multicultural Advisory Committee (KMAC) was launched in 2009 to provide Council with advice on Multicultural issues and promote greater awareness and understanding in the local community of cultural diversity in Knox.

Multicultural Strategic Plan 2012-17

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