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Our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community

All residents should feel valued, included, respected and able to access the range of services, programs and facilities we offer. 

There are a number of local organisations that support our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community, including the CALD Network and Cardinia Interfaith Network.

Cultural Diversity Policy  Cultural Diversity Plan

In November 2018 Cardinia Shire Council held Cardinia Shire's first Multicultural Community Forum at Pakenham Hall.

The forum was hosted by Council's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Advisory Committee, to provide our broader multicultural community with a voice to discuss the opportunities and challenges of settling in Cardinia Shire. It was a great opportunity for the community to meet, and get to know, members of Council's CALD Advisory Committee.

A number of key recommendations were made and will be considered by Council and the Advisory Committee. It will also inform the development of the new Cultural Diversity Plan.

View the 2018 Cardinia Multicultural Forum Report.

The network is a group of community service organisations, community health services and Victorian and Australian government family support agencies. The network meets bi-monthly to share information and promote partnership opportunities.

The network provides a forum for local faith communities to promote an inclusive community which respects religious diversity and acceptance of difference. It participates in and leads a range of activities including Harmony Day, tours of places of worship and A Taste of Faith events.

Tours of places of worship

These tours are an opportunity for residents and schools to visit a range of worship places to better understand different faiths.

If you or your family members want to learn English, there are local adult education providers that offer classes and short courses.

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