Multiculturalism is about all Australians and for all Australians. Multiculturalism has been and is important to Belmont. It’s about fairness and inclusion. It enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. It is about shared experiences and the
make-up of our neighbourhoods and acknowledges the benefits and potential that diversity brings. We are taking a realistic approach and not shying away from challenging issues that prevent us as a community to become more inclusive and connected and we strive to make all residents feel welcomed.
“Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, arts, morals, laws, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by a human as a member of society.”
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The City of Belmont acknowledges the Noongar Whadjuk people and pay their respects to elders, past and present.
Our Current Population
The City of Belmont is one of the most diverse local government areas within
Western Australia. The City’s population (as of 2014) is 40,968 with more than 37%
of the population born overseas. One in four people living in Belmont are from a
culturally and linguistically diverse background. Based on the Australian Bureau of
Statistics from 2011, one in three people in Belmont are born overseas and one
in four people are from a non-English speaking background and speak a non-English
language at home. The majority of the population are under the age of 45 years and
the highest number within the 0-4 years and 20-24 years age groups.
The City’s religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and
ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables noted
above. The number of people in the Belmont area from an Islamic faith is
five times that of our WA average and more than double the national
average. Furthermore, over the past five years there has been a significant
increase in Roman Catholicism, Islam and Buddhism. There are a number
of reasons for different religious compositions across areas, including the
change in the country of birth and ethnic backgrounds and age of our
population and changes in values and belief systems.
The City’s ancestry includes people from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland. However, currently the majority of people who were born overseas are from India, China and Philippines.
Furthermore, according to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship, between 2002 and 2012 there were a total of 5,068 overseas settlers arriving in the Belmont area and of this:
- 64% arrived as skilled migrants of which:
- 27.6% from South East Asia, Phillipines or Indonesia
- 25.3% from Southern Asia, Afghanistan or India
- 16.1% from North East Asia, China and Korea
- 13.5% from Southern and East Africa and South Africa
- 25% as family sponsored migrants
- 10.5% as humanitarian migrants of which:
- 54.5% from Africa
- 27.6% from Southern Asia.
For more information, see below infograph.
City of Belmont, (2016), Multicultural Action Plan 2016-2018: Connecting, Celebrating & Growing. Belmont WA, City of Belmont.
For more information please contact the Cultural Diversity Engagement Officer on 9477 7453 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org