Cultural Diversity in Cockburn

Cultural Diversity Statistics

Australian Census 2021 results shows that the City of Cockburn is becoming increasingly diverse. View the 2021 census data opens in a new window.

Community Profile

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.

The City's Strategy Plan

Given diversity that exists within the City of Cockburn, The City of Cockburn has developed a Strategic Community Plan (2020-30). The strategy plan reflects the aspirations of a growing and increasingly diverse community.

The Strategic Community Plan focuses on:

  • 3.1.1 - Provide a diverse range of accessible, inclusive, and targeted community services, recreation programs, events and cultural activities that enrich our community 
  • 3.1.4 - Provide community, sport, recreational, and cultural facilities, and infrastructure to meet community needs (linked to Indigenous Multicultural Sport & Learning Centre – ARC Precinct) – Project that can be aligned 

The strategy can be downloaded in the 'related documents' below or hard copy can be requested from City of Cockburn Administration Office.

Multicultural Reference Group

The City has a Cultural Diversity Officer who caters for multicultural interests and needs focusing on the following:

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Community capacity building  Build the capacity of culturally diverse communities to thrive within the broader community.
Cultural celebrations Partner with culturally diverse communities to promote, showcase and celebrate cultural heritage and harmony.
Community consultations Engage with culturally diverse communities to establish rapport, identify community strength, needs and interests.
Community projects Partner with culturally diverse communities to explore, develop and/ or implement community led projects

Join the Multicultural Reference Group


The Multicultural Reference Group meets monthly to represent residents from diverse cultural backgrounds within the community by promoting and celebrating the benefits of cultural diversity, providing advice on needs and priorities and exchanging information with City of Cockburn.

The City of Cockburn supports the group by providing facilities for meetings, administrative support and updates on CaLD-specific issues and opportunities arising within the City of Cockburn.

Reference Group Members

The Multicultural Reference Group is comprises residents from a multicultural background and City staff. The Multicultural Reference Group includes a maximum of 15-20 members.

Representatives from local service delivery agencies that focus on multicultural communities are invited to attend as guest speakers.

Membership Nominations

Membership nominations are currently open for the Multicultural Reference Group. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the online nomination form in the link below. Closing date for nominations is 6 November 2022.

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held every year to consider those nominated and elect members into the group.

The membership terms are for two years with 50% of the membership coming up for election one year and the other 50% in the next, in order to maintain continuity. If positions for membership become available during the year then new nominations can be considered.

For further information email the City’s Cultural Diversity Officer on or phone 08 9411 3444.

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Settlement Services and Information

City Services

Conversational English Class (Classes run during school terms only)
The City's Coolbellup, Spearwood and Success libraries host free Conversational English classes to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds practice speaking English. 

There is no need to book, just come and join in any of our free weekly classes.

Tuesdays from 10-11.30am.

Free childcare available. Phone 9411 3830 for more information.

Fridays from 10-11.30am.

Thursdays from 10.30-11.30am.

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Interpreting and Translating Services
City of Cockburn residents have the right to access programs and services provided by the City equitably, regardless of their cultural, linguistic or religious backgrounds.

Interpreting services are available for non-English speaking residents. This service is free for residents and ratepayers who do not speak English when accessing the City's services.

There are many types of services available, including immediate phone interpreting, and pre-booked phone and onsite interpreting.

The City can also translate relevant documents into other languages upon resident’s request.

External Settlement and Interpreting Services 

Useful Information

More information and contact 

Please email the Cultural Diversity Officer for more information or call 08 9411 3444.

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Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
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Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.