Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

Everyone is welcome

We’re proud to be one of the country's most diverse cities. Sydney has long been a beacon of acceptance for people from Australia and all around the world. Some visit for a while and others stay for good. People from different walks of life come here to work, live and play and we’re committed to encouraging the diverse communities in our city.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The City acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.

Aboriginal Australia is not one country, but many Aboriginal nation-states. Each nation-state speaks a different language with its distinct dialect.

In 2008, the City appointed its first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel made up of community and industry professionals, youth and Elders. The panel provides advice on matters of importance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We recognise that, by acknowledging our shared past, we are laying the groundwork for our future which embraces all Australians, based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for our land.

Multicultural services

We have many different multicultural programs and services.

We work closely with multicultural communities to help develop policies and promote cultural awareness through festivals and other events during the year.

Our libraries also hold titles for loan in several different languages.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer services

We value all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ)  communities who live, work or play in the city.

Our dedicated LGBTIQ project coordinator helps members of the community with City matters and is consulted during policy development.

We also work with a range of external organisations, such as the state government and not-for-profit organisations, to bring services to the LGBTIQ communities. We work closely with ACON and the NSW Police Force.

We also offer sponsorship grants for LGBTIQ organisations.

People with disability

One of our major goals is to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. We provide a variety of services and information for residents, workers and visitors with disability.

The City's Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel was established to provide further advice about improving inclusion for people with disability.

Panel members include people with a disability, family members, carers and academics. There are 10 members on the panel and they meet 5 times a year. The panel contributes to long-term strategies, sustainability planning and community consultation.


City of Sydney
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Last updated: Friday, 9 August 2019