Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Learn about Culturally and Linguistically Diverse services, groups and activities.

The City of Melville is a proudly diverse City, each community has contributed to the city’s character. Of our residents, 32% were born overseas, 22% are from countries where English is not the first spoken language and 1% are of Aboriginal descent. Our  Neighbourhood Development officers have direct connections with various communities to ensure they are represented where possible.

Click the following links for further information:

Celebrating Harmony Week !

http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_harmony_week.cfm

Harmony Week falls each year between 15 March – 21 March and this year will be a unique opportunity for the City to learn laugh and connect with our diverse community in a Laughter Yoga session facilitated by Kimmy at Laughter Yoga WA! Kimmy will be sharing her unique story about overcoming racial prejudice and introducing laughter as a commonality and opportunity for healing in war torn countries. She has her own story of survival and resilience.

 

Laughter is a language we all understand! Harmony Week is about Celebrating diversity with our local community. The workshop will provide techniques and tips to support laughter as a Healthy Melville way of living! For more information on the benefits of laughter and it’s opportunities for harmony and supporting diversity and connection, visit http://laughwa.org.au/

Join us to continue to make us an Accessible Inclusive Melville.

Date: 15 March 2017

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Where: Conference Room, Civic Centre 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon

RSVP: essential – by 13 March to access@melville.wa.gov.au or 1300 635 845

 

Participate in Neighbourhood Survey

The City is developing our new Neighbourhood Plans for 2017-2020. 

We are encouraging people who are new Australians with English not as a first language at home, to participate.   This is your opportunity to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhood and how we can make Melville a welcoming inclusive City with activities, programs and services that recognises and celebrates our diverse community.

Please take the time to have your say – it’s really important to us all. Complete our survey now and register for our workshops by visiting www.melvilletalks.com.au/cld

Please contact our Social Justice Advocate on 1300 635 845 or 9364 0666 or email access@melville.wa.gov.au for more information. Please let us know if you require any assistance for completing or participating in having your say.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for Non English Speakers

The Australian Government, through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, provides this service for people who do not speak English and for English speakers needing to communicate with them.
City of Melville residents are entitled to a free interpreting service provided by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

To use the telephone interpreting service, follow these directions:

  1. Call 131 450
  2. Tell the Operator the language you speak
  3. Tell the Operator that you wish to speak to the City of Melville. The telephone number is 1300 635 845

This service is available during normal City of Melville business hours. This service is also available on request at the Customer Service Counter at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.
More information about Translating and Interpreting Service and help with English.

Social English

Learn and practise your English while having fun. The Melville Social English Club offers weekly conversation and grammar classes during school terms, in a friendly and relaxed environment, for beginners to the more advanced.
For more information on times and locations or contact 9364 0162 or email: library@melville.wa.gov.au

Multicultural Groups – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

Melville has a role to play in identifying and offering opportunities to multicultural groups. Melville will support communities to encourage participation and promote values that unify all members of the community.

Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates

The Calendar aims to raise awareness of key cultural and religious events, festivals and national days.
 

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre Inc.

Encourages the health and wellbeing of women of all ages from cultural backgrounds. Ishar’s services delivery is flexible and responsive to the needs of the participating women who are provided with information, referral, counselling, training and/or support.
 

Office of Multicultural Interests

This website will provide you with a wide range of information and resources to help you participate in all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of our great State.

 

Umbrella

Provide innovative, responsive and culturally appropriate home support and community services to individuals who are aged or have a disability, from culturally, linguistically, spiritually, sexual and gender diverse backgrounds.

 

Fremantle Multicultural Centre of WA

Provides services that build capacity and improve outcomes for migrants and refugees from a diverse range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. They provide crisis accommodation services, mental health service and settlement support as well as a number of regular programs (listed on the website). Emergency relief assistance is also available to assist people with their immediate financial crisis, information advocacy and referrals.

 

Community Legal Centres Association

Represent the 28 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) operating in Western Australia. It is committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equity, including the rights of Western Australians to equity in access to legal services.

 

Multicultural Services Centre of WA Inc.

The website provides you comprehensive information about the various programs and services that the Centre provides. It also provides links to other organisations that offer a range of services that are of relevance to migrants and refugees.


Tenant Help

Free service designed to help understand what you should expect from your landlord, their property managers and in turn your obligations.


Department of Human Services – Multicultural Service Officers

Specialists who help migrant and refugee communities connect with Australian Government Services.


Parenting WA

Courses/playgroups for Multicultural people.

 

Women’s Health and Family Services

Women’s Health and Family Services (WHFS) offers a wide range of programs and services to assist women, their children and communities from all backgrounds. Staff at WHFS are sensitive to the differing needs of clients, and are able to support clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds in a variety of ways.

 

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Managing migration, humanitarian and citizenship policy and programmes.


CASE for Refugees

CASE is a not for profit community legal centre that provides free legal advice, representation and advocacy to refugees, humanitarian visa holders and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds who live in Western Australia.


Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

Contains a range of free information published by the Commission to range awareness and understanding of equal opportunity.