Darebin's original inhabitants are the Wurundjeri people and the municipality is recognised as an important area of Aboriginal history and living culture. Today, Darebin is home to people of diverse races, ethnicities, faiths and beliefs, abilities, gender, talents and aspirations, sexualities and sex and gender identities, age and occupations, income and lifestyles.

The community of Darebin cherishes this diversity, and we want to contribute to an inclusive community and make sure our services and programs are accessible, appropriate and responsive to all. Darebin's Inclusive Communications Charter is a public statement that reflects this commitment and provides a clear framework for what you can expect from us.

Video: Equity and Inclusion Policy, recognising Darebin's diversity.


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We are working towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Darebin has a number of initiatives advancing this goal including: Report Racism; Say No to Racism Training Package and 'Racism - It Stops With Me' campaign.

Anti-Racism Strategy

Through our Anti-Racism Strategy 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) we work towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Darebin is an official supporter of the Federal Government's Racism. It Stops With Me campaign which invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism, wherever it happens.

Reporting Racism

Report Racism  is a new initiative where you can report if you have been subject to racism or witnessed racism in the community. 

Darebin City Council, Preston Customer Service have become a special reporting place in a trial of providing an opportunity to the community to report racism to the Human Rights Commission with supporting staff at specific location . The pilot targets the Aboriginal community in the first instance but any report of racism will be accepted. This phase of trial has now been completed with evaluation and recommendations to continue the program. 

Reporting places allow community members to report racism to organisations or individuals they know and trust. If a person wants to make an anonymous report, the reporting place can make the report on their behalf. Staff at these reporting locations will provide advice on how to put in a report and explain how the process works.  Reports can also be lodged on line at: www.reportracism.com.au. All reports can be lodged anonymously.

A number of designated Report Racism locations have been identified including Preston Customer Service. The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and some  local police stations are also reporting places. The reporting places are located in the cities of Darebin,  Yarra, Whittlesea and Shepparton.  Click here for a list of Reporting Places

The Report Racism initiative allows people to report racism (discrimination or vilification) where they have been either personally discriminated against or have been witness to racism. The initiative provides the community with an opportunity to reporting racism safely and confidently.

Report Racism is an initiative of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) in partnership with Victorian Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. 

For further information please see www.reportracism.com.au .

If you have questions about this initiative please contact:

Aboriginal Contacts Officer 
Ph: 8470 8366
Email: Stuart.McFarlane@darebin.vic.gov.au

Support and Counselling
If you are experiencing racism you can also contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on:
Ph: 1300 292 153
Website: www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au

Aboriginal service providers can also help with support and counselling, around past or current experiences. You can contact the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS):
Ph: 9419 3000
Website: www.vahs.org.au

Say NO to Racism project

Say NO to Racism is a training package that aims at addressing racism through the role of bystanders. It is available for the community to use and learn about how to take safe and constructive action against racism. 

The training package teaches participants to:
  • Be able to acknowledge and appreciate the ambiguous nature of racism.
  • Have an increased understanding of the impacts of racism.
  • Be aware of the social and personal barriers to bystander intervention.
  • Use practical strategies and language skills to take safe, constructive action against racism.
  • Recognise the potential of bystander action in creating anti-racist social norms.

Training activities are based on experiential learning and forum theatre where participants are encouraged to learn and reflect by doing. This approach allows participants to put themselves in a realistic situation with the opportunity to experience and overcome the barriers to intervention in addition to learning and practising the tools and language required for safe and constructive intervention.

The training package includes:

  • Say No To Racism Training Package Brief
  • Participant manuals
  • Facilitator manuals with instructions on how to plan, deliver and evaluate training activities
  • Activity resources including the Say No To Racism DVD "Voices from the Community'
  • Registration form
  • Post evaluation form

A “Voices from the Community” DVD was created as part of the training package to explore the impacts of racism through the stories of everyday Darebin community members. You can watch this below.

Training providers

Polykala has helped design and successfully deliver the Say No To Racism Training program. They have extensive experience applying the Adaptive Leadership methodology from Harvard.

Organisations are welcome to arrange for their own training provider to deliver the training. However we request that your training provider consult with Polykala as part of their planning and preparation to ensure the training is delivered according to the standards, methodology, values and practice underpinning the training modules.

If you would like further information about Say No To Racism training, how to organize your training or costs visit the polykala website.

You can also contact the Say No To Racism Program Manger on 0404 868 878 or send an email to dure@polykala.com


If you are using the training package, we request that Darebin Council and Polykala be acknowledged in any promotion or communication.


We request that evaluation results are forwarded to the training provider and Darebin City Council for our own evaluation purposes and continuous improvement.

Say No to Racism Training Package Brief 

Further Information

Ph: 8470 8630
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au
Say NO to Racism - Voices of the Community

Human Rights

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Council is committed to protect, fulfil and promote the human rights of all citizens in the City of Darebin. Do you know your human rights?

Everyone has Human Rights
Human rights guide the way we treat one another. To enjoy our human rights, we must make sure that we do not do or say things which limit the human rights of other people. This includes family members, children, friends, neighbours, club members and the people we work or volunteer with.

Four values are the foundation of human rights: freedom, respect, equality and dignity.  These values express how we need to be treated in order to feel like a human being.

The concept of human rights is embedded in philosophical principles of how to live together as a community, dating back to the earliest times of civilisation.  It is also the basis of various international agreements, including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

The Darebin Human Rights Action Plan 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) is Council’s commitment to the actions it will take to protect, fulfil and promote the human rights of all citizens in the City of Darebin.  These actions further embed human rights within Council’s culture and practice at all levels, and commit Council to working with residents and communities based on the key human rights values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protects 20 human rights of all Victorians. Many of the organisations that provide a public service to the community must comply with and promote the Charter.

All public services must think about the 20 Charter rights when making decisions, laws and policies and when delivering programs and services. They must avoid limiting these rights as much as possible.

Advocating for Human Rights
When you use a public service you can expect that your human rights will be respected and that you will be treated fairly.  But if this does not happen as it should, the Charter can be used to advocate for your rights.  The Charter is a practical tool and is designed to be used by everyday people, to back them up when they have been treated unfairly. 

Council has developed a step by step guide to advocating for human rights using the Charter, which can be used by citizens and community groups. We believe that the community is stronger when everyone respects one another’s human rights. If you require a paper copy, please get in touch with the Human Rights Officer.

Further Information
Darebin Human Rights Officer
Ph: 8470 8446
Email: abasset@darebin.vic.gov.au



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The people of Darebin are made up of a rich diversity of religions and faiths. We aim to promote peace and harmony among our community by engaging with community leaders and faith representatives, and holding annual events open to the entire community.

RESPECT: A Guide for Muslim Faith Leaders and Communities

RESPECT: A Guide for Faith Leaders and Communities
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This resource is a guide for Muslim faith leaders and communities to take action to prevent violence against women and promote equal and respectful relationships. Violence against women and girls is now recognized as one of the leading public health and human rights issues of our time. Everybody has a role to play in creating a safe and respectful community.

Further Information
Interfaith Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8519



The Darebin Interfaith Council was established on the 29th of June 2005 as and Advisory Committee of the Darebin Council. The aim and objectives of the Darebin Interfaith Council stem from Council’s rights-based Equity and Inclusion Policy and from its three policy goals.


The aim of the Darebin Interfaith Council is to support the implementation of Darebin Council's Equity and Inclusion commitments to build a cohesive, harmonious and diverse city.  It offers an interfaith perspective on policy planning, service design, program delivery and activities coordinated by the Darebin Council to ensure they effectively meet the needs and expectations of Darebin's interfaith and intercultural communities.


  • To create an opportunity for dialogue between religious leaders and community members of diverse faith background.
  • To provide leadership on matters pertaining to interfaith relations, interfaith understanding and cooperation in the City of Darebin.
  • To promote the work of interfaith collaboration and interfaith understanding for the City of Darebin.
  • To act as a source of information and advice to Darebin City Council and the Darebin community on interfaith related matters.
  • To facilitate the active engagement of Darebin City Council with its religious leaders and communities of faith.
  • Provide opportunities for the Darebin Interfaith Council to support the Darebin Council with the implementation of its Equity and Inclusion Policy and to participate in Council’s consultations, programs, policy developments and community engagement processes.
  • To promote social harmony and cohesion between diverse faith communities and the protection of human rights.
  • To work towards eliminating racial and religious prejudice, intolerance and vilification.


  • Adhere to the principle of “Conversing rather than Converting”.
  • Respect the value and integrity of each faith.
  • Approach dialogue and debate with a spirit of understanding and collaboration.
  • Contribute to the community’s understanding of faith, beliefs, traditions and customs.
  • Build interfaith bridges of cooperation and understanding between the various groups. 

The Darebin Interfaith Council also adheres to the principles underpinning Council’s Equity and inclusion Policy:

  • Social justice
  • Human rights
  • Accountability
  • Participation
  • Empowerment
  • Diversity


The membership of the Darebin Interfaith Council is comprised of:

  • Nominated Councillors
  • One Council officer, and others as required, whose role supposes understanding the specific challenges and barriers to equality facing faith communities and who can implement actions to address issues raised by the Committee
  • Up to twelve members representing the diversity of the Darebin religious community


The Darebin Interfaith Council  should reflect the full diversity of the Darebin religious community, first in terms of religious affiliation and second in terms of age, ability, indigenous status, cultural and linguistic background, education and income levels, employment status, carer role, etc. This will be a key consideration in the selection and recruitment of members. The Committee will seek to build and reflect diversity within membership and be inclusive in practice.


9 February

4 May

3 August

2 November


Meetings will be held at the Darebin Intercultural Centre, 4-5pm


Further Information
Interfaith Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8519 
Email: aziz.cooper@darebin.vic.gov.au

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Community

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We are working towards equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) residents. Our aim is to strengthen the participation and rights of all in Darebin, regardless of sexuality, or sex or gender identity.

The Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Action Plan 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) supports Council's work towards equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) residents and aims to strengthen the participation and rights of all in Darebin, regardless of sexuality, or sex or gender identity. 

The Action Plan focuses on greater inclusiveness:

  • internally within Council as an organisation
  • in Council's services and programs
  • in the Darebin community.

The plan was developed with the support of the Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee, following engagement with the community throughout 2012, and was endorsed by Council on 6 August 2012.

Find the Rainbow in Melbourne’s North

In conjunction with Moreland, Yarra and Banyule City Councils, we have developed a map of LGBTIQ groups and networks as well as LGBTIQ friendly services across Melbourne’s north.

The map, Find the Rainbow in Melbourne's north, has been designed to provide LGBTIQ people and allies with accurate and reliable information.

If you have concerns about a place that has been included or if there is a group or service that you think should be included in the map, please contact us at diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Our Stand Against Homophobia
Council also supports the No to Homophobia campaign.

Victoria-based, but with a national reach, the No To Homophobia campaign challenges all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people (LGBTIQ), whether in the workplace or in social situations.

The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment in Victoria (and beyond) by empowering both LGBTIQ people and the broader community to respond to and speak out against this harassment.

No To Homophobia sends the message to all Australians that homophobic, transphobic and biphobic harassment is never acceptable. The campaign also aims to raise awareness and let those who experience unlawful harassment know that they have official avenues to respond to it, including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the police.

Victoria Police has Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) specifically trained to deal sensitively with and respond to the needs of LGBTIQ people.

On 3 June 2013, Council emphasised our commitment by “giving [our] word to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always".

Council's support to marriage equality and Safe Schools Coalition

On 6 July 2015, Council passed a motion to publicly support the marriage equality campaign.

On 21 March 2016, Council officially became a supporter of Safe Schools Coalition by signing this pledge: "We believe that schools should provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students, so that they can learn, grow, and reach their full potential – free from bullying and discrimination. We pledge to stand up against homophobia and transphobia whenever we see or hear it. We are proud to support Safe Schools Coalition Australia and its work to create positive change for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families."

In signing the Safe Schools Coalition’s supporter pledge, we want to express our support to Darebin schools, their LGBTIQ students and families and all of Darebin's LGBTIQ residents!

Celebrating our LGBTIQ community

At Council, we celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Recognised in over 60 countries, IDAHOT is an annual event celebrated on 17 May, the date when the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990.

IDAHOT aims to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI rights work.
To find out what we are planning for IDAHOT, check this site closer to the time!

Further Information

For support or to keep informed about what's going on in the LGBTIQ community, here is a list of community organisations, peak bodies, interesting initiatives and support groups.

Diversity Policy Officer,
Ph: 8470 8423
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au


Equity for Women

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We support gender equity and women's rights to full and equal participation in all aspects of community life, and prevention of violence against women. We run a Women's Advisory Committee, implement a Strategy for gender equity and each year support International Women's Day and prevention of violence against women campaigns to help focus attention on women's rights.

It is increasingly recognised across Victoria that Councils have a role to play on many levels to support gender equity and women's participation in community life.  At Council, we acknowledge this and live up to our commitment to gender equity, women's right to full and equal participation in all aspects of community life and prevention of violence against women. 

Here are a few of the many ways in which we aim to achieve this:

  1. Darebin Women's Advisory Committee – a community advisory committee to Council on issues faced by women.
  2. Supporting gender equity: Darebin Women's Equity Strategy 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) – a Strategy and plans to increase women's participation, wellbeing and leadership in Darebin, endorsed in June 2012. The Darebin Women's Equity Strategy is implemented through two interlinked and mutually-reinforcing action plans: the Gender Equity Action Plan and the Preventing Violence against Women Action Plan.  These two action plans, which have been extended until 2017, aim to deliver tangible outcomes for women in our community.
  3. International Women's Day – also known as United Nations Day for Women's Rights and World Peace, the day is held annually on 8 March to recognise women's social, political and economic achievements throughout the time and across nations. In Darebin, we celebrate with a wonderful suite of free events taking place throughout the municipality. Check this site closer to the time to see what's on!
  4. Prevention of Violence against Women – Council’s initiatives to address the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Victorian Women aged 15-44.

Gender Equity in Local Government
The Gender Equity in Local Government Fact Sheets include 10 ways in which local government can advance gender equity, recognising that gender inequity has a major impact on women's health and wellbeing and their contributions to our community. Reducing gender inequity for women is crucial to allow for a more inclusive, just and fair society for both women and men.

The fact sheets constitute a resource package designed to build the capacity of local governments to consider gender equity in their planning, policy and service delivery.

Further Information
Diversity Policy Officer
Ph: 8470 8423
Email: darebinwomen@darebin.vic.gov.au