Multicultural Communities

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 Refugee Week 2022

Refugee Week informs the public about refugees and celebrates the positive contributions made by refugees make to Australian society to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. Refugee Week is celebrated around the world in conjunction with World Refugee Day on the 20th of June.

Refugee Week aims to educate the Australian public about who refugees are, understand the many challenges refugees face coming to Australia, and to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment for refugees. 2022's theme for Refugee Week is Healing. To learn more about Refugee Week visit Home - Refugee Week

Learn more about Sutherland Shire Council events celebrating Refugee Week

 Refugee Welcome Zone

 As a Refugee Welcome Zone, Council has made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

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Harmony Week

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. 

 To get involved in Harmony Week activities please visit Harmony week - Everyone belongs



 Multicultural Communities

Sutherland Shire Council strives for a connected and safe community that respects people and nature and enjoys active lives in a strong local economy.

We are a diverse community of residents from a variety of cultures. 

Information about Translation and Interpreter services

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Multicultural services in the Shire

Gymea Community Aid & Information Centre

Gymea Community Aid & Information Centre provides settlement assistance and support for newly arrived residents, migrants and refugees and multicultural aged care services. Ph: 9524 9559

Other services

Sutherland Hospital and Community Health Service
The Diversity Health Coordinator provides assistance with translators, menus and culturally specific requirements in hospital.
Ph: 9522 1000

Transcultural Mental Health Centre 
Promotes access to mental health services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Ph: 9912 3851.

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc. 
Focused on people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically diverse / non English Speaking backgrounds.
Ph: 9891 6400

  Schools Refugee Forum: Awareness Advocacy Action


The Schools Refugee Forum: Awareness Advocacy Action   provides an opportunity to build young people's awareness of the issues facing refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. It gives them a chance to take action in creating more welcoming communities through table-talk discussion, listening to inspiring guest speakers, and creative ideas. 

If you would like your school to be involved pleas contact James Jackson on 9710 0381 or email at 

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