The City of Armadale's demographic composition is changing, along with a rapidly growing population. Many of these new residents come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds.
The City is home to a diverse community with 34.6% of City residents born overseas, many of whom speak another language other than English (LOTE) at home, as well as a number of people who speak English either not well or not at all.
The City embraces this diversity and seeks to assist residents with connecting with the wider community, make social connections, feel a sense of belonging, and easily access local services and amenities.
The City of Armadale has become part of Australia’s Welcoming Cities - a national network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life. Our vision for being a Welcoming City is one which commits to respecting, embracing and celebrating diversity by joining like-minded communities to share ideas and enhance social cohesion.
Humans of Armadale aims to reflect real local stories that individuals can relate to, and be inspired by. The City is celebrating and embracing the stories of 20 remarkable individuals in the City of Armadale through the Humans of Armadale booklet available at our libraries, on our website, and through social media. The Humans of Armadale project was launched at our exhibition held on the 17th of August 2021.
Check out the new Proud Literacy Backpacks available in the City’s Libraries. Inside you will find beautiful books and dolls from different cultures that promote interesting stories of diversity from around the world. Please contact Armadale, Seville Grove and Kelmscott libraries for availability and hire.
The second segment includes a Proud Children Community Book that will be available in October 2021 that allows children from the LETS Library program publish a book that is interactive and shoes kids that all people should be celebrated.
The City of Armadale, headspace and Befriend have partnered to create a safe space for individuals who identity as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) or Black, Aboriginal, and Other People of Colour (BIPOC), are considered youth and work with service providers, organisations or are a community leader to provide opportunities to share information, stories and work to collaborate on projects. Sessions are available bi-monthly. Please contact the City on CSAdministration@armadale.wa.gov.au for the next upcoming session.
The establishment of a Multicultural Advisory Group arose from the need to provide a forum where representatives of multicultural communities, including community leaders, passionate individuals and organisations, can raise concerns and provide ideas and suggestions to the City.
Harmony Week is celebrated in March each year and provides the opportunity for community members to embrace and explore our various cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnically diverse communities. This year, the City and Satterley Property Group supported a Multicultural Advisory Group (MAG) member, Harrisdale and Piara Waters Residents Group, to host Harmony Festival at Heron Park. Two other MAG members performed at Harmony Festival.
The City of Armadale is a member of the South East Metropolitan Network (SEMN) which meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of February, May, August and November. Members include local service providers and representatives from Local, State and Federal Governments.
Through this network the City of Armadale staff can share knowledge of community services, offer support, exchange ideas and discuss opportunities to support multicultural communities.
General multicultural support services
- The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI): Provides a one stop shop for all multiculturalism affairs in WA, including business and industry groups, government and non-government agencies, culturally diverse communities and the wider community.
- Department of Home Affairs: Provides information on Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs, settlement services and immigration and border-related functions.
- Government of Western Australia - WA Migration Services: Provides a range of services and information to help skilled migrants settle and work in Western Australia including finding out whether qualifications and skills are recognised in Australia.
Family Support services
- Multicultural Communities Council of WA: Provides a range of programs for multicultural communities such as emergency relief for those experiencing domestic violence, a mental health awareness program, emergency relief for those experiencing financial hardship, a digital literacy program and a 'Knit for Homeless program'.
- Communicare Inc: Provides a number of services for families (including refugees and humanitarian visa entrants) such as Inclusion Support, education, training and employment services and Family Violence & Justice Services.
- Jacaranda Community Centre: Provides community relief services for budgeting, Centrelink assistance, food and community programs.
- Mercycare: Provides aged care, family, health, disability and community services
- Relationships Australia (WA): Provides a range of multicultural family and relationships services including counselling, mediation, dispute resolution and education.
- RUAH Community Services: Provides assistance with homelessness, family and domestic violence, mental health and specialist legal services.
Transport related services
- Transperth WA: Train, bus and ferry information, with the site providing videos in multiple languages with basic information about how the system works. If you need assistance please contact the translation and interpretation service number on 131 450 and ask to be connected to 136 213.
Respite, aged care and home and community care
- My Aged Care: Starting point to access government- funded aged care services.
- Umbrella Multicultural Community Care: Provides culturally appropriate aged care services
- Chung Wah Community and Aged Care: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for non-English speaking migrants, seniors and people with disability in Western Australia.
Crisis support services
Family and domestic violence towards another person is illegal. This may include violence within the home, marriage or between partners. Violence may include physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of these.
- For all emergencies for WA Police, ambulance or fire brigade: 000
- Western Australia Police - non-emergency: 131 444
- Department of Fire & Emergency Services: 132 500
- National Security Hotline: 1800 123 400
- WA Poisons Information Centre: 131 126