Multicultural Cockburn

Cultural diversity in Cockburn

Australian Census 2016 results shows that the City of Cockburn is becoming increasingly diverse. In 2011, 32 per cent of our residents had both parents born overseas. This has increased by 12 per cent in 2016 to 45 per cent which is above the average percentage for Western Australia (40 per cent). 

In 2011, census showed that about 20 per cent of the Cockburn population spoke a language other than English at home. This has increased by 5 per cent in 2016 to 26 per cent which is again above the average for Western Australia (19 per cent). 

Diversity statistics from the 2016 census

  • The most common ancestries in Cockburn were English (25 per cent), Australian (21 per cent), Italian (7 per cent), Irish (6 per cent) and Scottish (6 per cent).
  • The most common countries of birth were England (7 per cent), New Zealand (3 per cent), Philippines (2 per cent), South Africa (2 per cent) and India (2 per cent).
  • 25.5 per cent of people spoke languages other than English at home.
  • Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin (3 per cent), Italian (2 per cent), Croatian (1 per cent), Portuguese (1 per cent) and Tagalog (1 per cent).
  • 44.5 per cent of people had both parents born overseas while 34.5 per cent of people had both parents born in Australia.
  • The most common responses for religion were No Religion (32 per cent), Catholic (29 per cent), Anglican (11.5 per cent), Not Stated (9 per cent) and Christian (3 per cent).
  • Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (58.4 per cent).

Given this significant diversity, the City of Cockburn’s Strategic Community Plan (2016-2026) is committed to 'continue to celebrate the significance of cultural, social and built heritage including local Indigenous and multicultural groups'. 

Citizenship ceremony

We welcome our residents as they formally integrate and embrace our great nation by becoming citizens. We carry out a number of public ceremonies throughout the year for residents to receive Australian Citizenship, on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Immigration & Border Protection. For more information, visit citizenship information.

Classes available

Conversational English class

The Coolbellup and Success libraries host conversational English classes to help people practice speaking English. The classes are a great way to practice speaking and listening in English with people from many different countries and backgrounds. All levels are invited.

The classes run at Coolbellup every Tuesday during school terms, between 10am and 11.30am. Please let staff know if you need to use the crèche for child minding at Coolbellup library.

English conversation classes run on Mondays at Success library between 10.30am and midday.

Please contact us for details on the current program and to register. Classes are available for a gold coin donation.

“Inspire Me” Cockburn - Free computer class 

Success Library hosts free computer courses for women from culturally diverse backgrounds so they can develop their computer skills to help assist them to find a job. Career guidance is facilitated by the Fremantle Multicultural Centre. Contact Success Library on 08 9411 3840 for more information. 

Women of the World - Make new friends

Women of the World is a multicultural group for women who are new to Perth and who want to make new friends and social connections. The group meets on Thursday mornings during the school term at the Yangebup Family Centre. Please contact us for more details.

Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) - For kids 3-4 years old

Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) is a special story time for children aged 3 to 4 years. For children who do not speak English at home or who speak imited English, LETS allows children to practise English through songs, rhymes and conversation to improve their skills and confidence. LETS runs at Success Library in term two and four. Contact the library for more details and to book.

More information and contact

Please contact the City for more information on multicultural Cockburn on 08 9411 3444 or at

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