The City of Melville is a proudly diverse City where each community contributes to the City’s character. Of our residents, 32% were born overseas, 22% are from countries where English is not the first spoken language and 1% are of Aboriginal descent. Our Neighbourhood Development officers have direct connections with various communities to ensure they are represented where possible.
Harmony Week runs every year from 15 to 21 March as an opportunity and reminder for everyone to experience, explore and appreciate a wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
This year, come celebrate with us at Harmony Fun Day at Civic Square Library & enter our Libraries Children Competition, or come along to the Harmony Week Long Table Dinner.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) for Non English Speakers
The Australian Government, through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, provides this service for people who do not speak English and for English speakers needing to communicate with them. The City residents are entitled to a free interpreting service provided by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
To use the telephone interpreting service, follow these directions:
- Call 131 450
- Tell the Operator the language you speak
- Tell the Operator that you wish to speak to the City of Melville. The phone number is 9364 0666.
This service is available during normal City of Melville business hours. This service is also available on request at the Customer Service Counter at the City of Melville Civic Centre, 10 Almondbury Road, Booragoon.
For more information about the translating and interpreting service and help with English visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Learn and practise your English while having fun. The Melville Social English Club offers weekly conversation and grammar classes during school terms, in a friendly and relaxed environment, for beginners to the more advanced.
For more information on times and locations please call 9364 0162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multicultural Groups – Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
Melville has a role to play in identifying and offering opportunities to multicultural groups. Melville will support communities to encourage participation and promote values that unify all members of the community.
Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates
The Calendar aims to raise awareness of key cultural and religious events, festivals and national days.
For more information visit the Department of Social Services website and see the Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates for 2018.
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre Inc.
Encourages the health and wellbeing of women of all ages from cultural backgrounds. Ishar’s services delivery is flexible and responsive to the needs of the participating women who are provided with information, referral, counselling, training and/or support.
For more information visit the Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre Inc. website.
Office of Multicultural Interests
This website will provide you with a wide range of information and resources to help you participate in all aspects of the social, economic and cultural life of our great State.
For more information visit the Office of Multicultural Interests website.
Provide innovative, responsive and culturally appropriate home support and community services to individuals who are aged or have a disability, from culturally, linguistically, spiritually, sexual and gender diverse backgrounds.
For more information visit the Umbrella Multicultural Community Care website.
Multicultural Futures - believes a diverse and inclusive multicultural Australia will create a more prosperous and vibrant society for everyone.
Multicultural Futures is a dynamic, charitable organisation that gets results. Founded in 1981, its built decades of experience, working in partnership with government and other service providers to support migrants and refugees as they build a new life in Australia.
For more information visit Multicultural Futures or call the team on 08 9336 8282
Community Legal Centres Association
Represent the 28 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) operating in Western Australia. It is committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equity, including the rights of Western Australians to equity in access to legal services.
For more information visit the Community Legal Centres Association website.
Multicultural Services Centre of WA Inc.
The website provides you comprehensive information about the various programs and services that the Centre provides. It also provides links to other organisations that offer a range of services that are of relevance to migrants and refugees.
For more information visit the Multicultural Services Centre website.
Department of Human Services – Multicultural Service Officers
Specialists who help migrant and refugee communities connect with Australian Government Services.
For more information visit the Department of Human Services - Multicultural Service Officers webpage.
Courses/playgroups for Multicultural people.
For more information visit the Department of Communities website.
Women’s Health and Family Services
Women’s Health and Family Services (WHFS) offers a wide range of programs and services to assist women, their children and communities from all backgrounds. Staff at WHFS are sensitive to the differing needs of clients, and are able to support clients from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds in a variety of ways.
For more information visit the Women’s Health and Family Services website.
Department of Home Affairs
Managing migration, humanitarian and citizenship policy and programmes.
For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
CASE for Refugees
CASE is a not for profit community legal centre that provides free legal advice, representation and advocacy to refugees, humanitarian visa holders and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds who live in Western Australia.
For more information visit the Humanitarian Group website.
Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission
Contains a range of free information published by the Commission to range awareness and understanding of equal opportunity.
For more information visit the Equal Opportunity Commission website.