Building culturally diverse and inclusive communities

The City of Greater Bendigo is committed to ensuring equitable access, social inclusion and respect for human rights for all people who live and visit our city.

We're working towards building an inclusive community where all residents have a sense of belonging regardless of ethnicity, cultural background or religion. To meet the growing demand of a diverse population and to achieve the many associated benefits, the City is leading the progress of a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan (CDIP). View the March 2019 Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan Progress Report.      

Greater Bendigo is becoming increasingly culturally diverse. The percentage of Greater Bendigo residents born overseas has risen to 7 per cent, with 2 per cent of households speaking a language other than English at home.


Interpreting Service Awareness Campaign

The campaign initiated by Rural Australians for Refugees, has welcomed the support of the Victorian Government, the City of Greater Bendigo, Be.Bendigo, Bendigo Community Health Service and Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services.

The new toolkit comprises a series of brochures and fact sheets that encourage businesses to register with an accredited interpreter service. The Interpreter Services is an Australian Government initiative.

The Australian Government’s TIS National Interpreting Service is provided free of charge to medical practitioners, pharmacies, real estate agents, parliamentarians, local government, trade unions and some non-government organisations (for casework and emergency services), and they are all encouraged them to sign up. For other business there is a small fee for this service.

For more information please download the flyer or watch the following video.

Guide to free interpreter service (Video)

Interpreter Eligible Business Fact Sheet

Interpreter Ineligible Business Fact Sheet

Translation Flyer

If you missed the launch event then you can view it here -


'We are Karen' Video

The City of Greater Bendigo and the Karen Organisation of Bendigo have created a video called We Are Karen to increase understanding and acceptance of the Karen community in Greater Bendigo. The video highlights the history and background of the Karen community and the wonderful contribution the 2,500 strong Karen community members make to the liveability of Greater Bendigo.


City of Greater Bendigo – A Refugee Welcome Zone

In 2002, the City of Greater Bendigo signed a Refugee Council of Australia declaration to state its commitment to welcome refugees into our community. This declaration, which remains current, signifies our organisation’s commitment to demonstrating compassion for refugees and to supporting their cultural and religious diversity.


Toolkit for Volunteer organisations in Greater Bendigo

Living in a city rich in diversity and culture, it is important local organisations and community groups have the knowledge and skills to celebrate and promote diversity, particularly for volunteers. Volunteers are critical to keeping our community ticking over. They make a tireless contribution to organisations, community groups, sporting clubs, op shops, neighbourhood houses and many more valuable local services. This free toolkit provides a handy audit to help organisations and community groups recognise what they need to do to ensure they are able to support volunteers from diverse backgrounds so they feel supported, welcome and included. View the toolkit Cultural diversity and volunteering in Greater Bendigo.

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