The City of Belmont is proud to be an official supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me
The campaign is an initiative of the National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Government in August 2012.
Objectives of the National Anti-Racism Strategy are to:
- Create awareness of racism and how it affects individuals and the broader community;
- Identify, promote and build on positive programs to prevent and reduce racism; and
- Empower communities and individuals to take action to prevent and reduce racism and to seek help when it occurs.
Racism takes many forms and can happen in many places. It includes prejudice, discrimination or hatred directed at someone because of their colour, ethnicity or national origin. In annual surveys, about one in five Australians report having experienced racial discrimination during the previous 12 months.
With an ever increasing culturally and linguistically diverse community, the City of Belmont has committed to taking a proactive stance in promoting the campaign’s messages about anti-racism. The project is part of the City’s commitment to its Multicultural Strategy
Our Diverse Community
Data of City of Belmont suburbs accessed from ABS Census 2016. For full statistics, click here.
What is racism?
The Australian Human Rights Commission has referred to racism as prejudices and acts of discrimination, emerging from unequal power relations, that perpetuate inequitable treatment of members of different racial groups. It can occur at an interpersonal level, through acts such as exclusion, abuse or stereotyping, as well as at a systemic level through policies, conditions and practices.
How to respond to racism
If you see racist behaviour in public and you feel comfortable to do so, say something directly to the individual. If you don’t feel comfortable confronting the individual, you can support the victim, inform a responsible person in the area such as a driver if on public transport or security personnel if you are in a public venue. If the situation is escalating and you believe you or someone else is in danger, contact Police on 000.
Racism isn’t limited to face-to-face interactions. If you see racist materials or comments online there are options on most social media platforms and webpages to report content, simply follow the prompts or use the contact information provided by the company. Alternatively, complaints can be directed to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Police or the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
Racism at Work and School
If you witness racism occurring in the workplace, school or sports club, you can speak up, report it to the relevant official and/or suggest the victim talk to someone.
Community Contacts and Useful Resources
For further information about the campaign, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission webpage or phone the City’s Cultural Engagement Officer on 9477 7453.