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 44.5 per cent which is above the average percentage for Western Australia (40 per cent). 

The census showed that 21.45 per cent of the Cockburn population spoke a language other than English at home. 

Diversity statistics from the 2016 census:

  • 21.45 per cent of people spoke languages other than English at home.
  • Languages spoken at home ( other than English) included Mandarin (2.7 per cent), Italian (2.4 per cent), Tagalog/Filipino (2 per cent), Croatian (1.4 per cent), and Portuguese (1.4 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 City ranks 6th in the top diverse cities in Western Australia.
  • The largest non-English speaking country of birth was the Philippines with 2.3 per cent of the population.

Cultural diversity strategy

Given this significant diversity, the City of Cockburn’s has developed its first Cultural Diversity Strategy plan (2018-21) approved by elected members in September 2018. The strategy plan reflects the aspirations of a growing and increasingly diverse community. The strategy can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page or hard copy can be requested from City of Cockburn Adminstration Office. The City also created a Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Officer position in July 2017. The position caters for multicultural interests and needs. Please contact the Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Officer for further discussion on the below and any matter related to residents from Culturally Diverse background.

Everyone belongs! 

Watch our video that showcases the cultural diversity of our residents in Cockburn saying ‘Welcome to Cockburn where everyone belongs’ in their own languages.

The languages represented include Nyungar, Serbian, Mandarin, Auslan, Tagalog, English (English accent),Russian, Hokkien, Maori, Cantonese, Yoruba, Italian, English (South African accent), French, Hakka, Shona, Welsh, Amharic, English (Australian accent), Spanish (Venezuela), Arabic, Spanish (Mexico), Malay, Croatian, Punjabi and Portuguese.

For accessibility purposes the transcript of the following video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Community consultations

The City would like to engage and discuss with Culturally Diverse groups in Cockburn to establish rapport, identify community needs and interests.

Community capacity building

The City would like to build the capacity of culturally diverse communities to settle successfully and thrive in the Australian context. 

Cultural events and celebrations

The City would like to explore opportunities to partner with groups from culturally diverse backgrounds to promote and celebrate cultural heritage through events and other mechanisms.

Community Development projects

The City would like to partner with culturally diverse groups to explore, develop and/ or implement community led projects.

Conversational English class

The City's 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 runs at Coolbellup every Tuesday during school terms, between 10am and 11.30am. Participants are encourage to bring their children along. Crèche is available during this class.

English conversation classes run on Mondays at Success library between 10.30am and midday.There is no crèche service during this class. Participants are unable to bring children to the sessions.

More information 

Please contact the City's Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Officer for more information on multicultural Cockburn on 08 9411 3444 or at

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