When the City of Greater Dandenong speaks of ‘diversity’, it means people who live, work
and visit the city, have different cultural, religious and language backgrounds and that people
naturally differ in age, disability, gender, race, colour, marital and parental status, sexual
preference, physical characteristics and political beliefs.
Census data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2017 revealed that Greater
Dandenong is now the most culturally diverse community in Australia. Our residents come
from 157 different birthplaces and 64% of its population born overseas.
Understanding the strength of diversity is challenging, rewarding and ongoing. Council
offers a range of services to support diversity, including culturally appropriate family
services, interpreters for consultations, information in languages other than English, support
groups and more. Council is dedicated to creating healthy, safe, sustainable and inclusive
communities and celebrates its diversity with pride, as outlined within the Council Plan
(2017-2021) and Imagine 2030 Community Plan.