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 Cultural Diversity

Our Vision

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.

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Religion

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.

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Overseas Arrivals 

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.
 
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Source

City of Belmont, (2016), Multicultural Action Plan 2016-2018: Connecting, Celebrating & Growing. Belmont WA, City of Belmont. 

Contact

For more information please contact the Cultural Diversity Engagement Officer on 9477 7453 or by email communitydevelopment@belmont.wa.gov.au