Cultural Diversity in Cockburn

Cultural diversity statistics

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). 
  • 21.45 per cent of people spoke languages other than English at home making the City rank 6th in the top diverse cities in Western Australia.
  • Top languages spoken at home (other than English) are 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's Strategy Plan

Given the aforementioned significant diversity, the City of Cockburn 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 in the 'related documents' below or hard copy can be requested from City of Cockburn Administration Office.

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.

What we offer

The City has created a Cultural Diversity Officer position in July 2017. The position 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.

Current services

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.

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.

More information and contact 

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

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Spearwood 6163

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

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.