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Cultural Diversity

Proud to Belong in Knox - Wednesday 20 March 2019

‘Proud to Belong in Knox’ is a free community event, where you can hear people from diverse cultural backgrounds discuss what it means to call Knox home.

It’s our chance to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week and grow together as one connected and inclusive community.

Guest speakers:

  • Aleem Ali, CEO of Welcoming Australia - on the goals of Welcoming Australia and Knox City Council's recent membership to the Welcoming Australia Network
  • Lin Jong, AFL Player – Q&A session with Lin, who grew up in Knox as the child of migrants

The evening will also include a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country by a local Elder, live music, refreshments by social enterprise Refugee Council of Australia, and more.

  • Date Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • Time 6pm - 9pm (Formalities commence at 6:30pm)
  • Address Knox Community Arts Centre, Cnr Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater
  • Cost Free - Registrations essential!
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People have come to Knox from over 130 different countries. According to the 2016 Census, 30.1% (over 46,000 people) of Knox residents were born overseas. In 2016, 23% of people in the City of Knox came from countries where English was not their first language. View more information about Knox demographics.

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:

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  • 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?


The Knox Community Access and Equity Plan 2017-2022 guides Council action and outlines Council’s commitment and vision for addressing access and equity issues in Knox as well as promoting diversity, access and inclusion. The Plan incorporates the following five focus areas:

Area 1: Equitable, Accessible and Inclusive Services.

Area 2: Leadership and Advocacy.

Area 3: Accessible and Safe Places and Spaces.

Area 4: Empowerment and Participation.

Area 5: Celebrating Diversity and Creating a Sense of Belonging.

Additionally, the campaign supports Goal 7 of the Knox Community and Council Plan 2017-2021: We are inclusive, feel a sense of belonging and value our identity.

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 this Tips for Bystanders (PDF) on how everyone can play a role in preventing racism.

To learn more about the Racism. It Stops With Me. campaign please go to this link

itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au

Watch these videos:

Elevator - Racism. It Stops With Me video

Taxi - Racism. It Stops With Me video

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.

Refugee Welcome Zone

Knox Council is a Refugee Welcome Zone, thereby making a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

This public commitment is also an acknowledgment of the tremendous contributions refugees have made to Australian society in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, sport, education and the arts. By making this Declaration, it is hoped that local government will be encouraged in their continuing efforts to support the men, women and children who make the difficult journey to Australia to seek our protection

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