Darebin's original inhabitants are the Wurundjeri people and the municipality is recognised as an important area of Aboriginal history and living culture. Today, Darebin is home to people of diverse races, ethnicities, faiths and beliefs, abilities, gender, talents and aspirations, sexualities and sex and gender identities, age and occupations, income and lifestyles.

The community of Darebin cherishes this diversity, and we want to contribute to an inclusive community and make sure our services and programs are accessible, appropriate and responsive to all. Darebin's Inclusive Communications Charter is a public statement that reflects this commitment and provides a clear framework for what you can expect from us.

We are working towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's cultural diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Darebin has a number of initiatives advancing this goal including: Report Racism; Say No to Racism Training Package and 'Racism - It Stops With Me' campaign.

Council's recently endorsed Towards Equality - Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Framework 2019-2029 has reaffirmed Council's commitment to cultural diversity and anti-racism. As a Welcoming City, we work towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged. Darebin is an official supporter of the Federal Government's Racism. It Stops With Me campaign which invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism, wherever it happens.

Reporting Racism

Council is committed to combating discrimination in the community including racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Discrimination includes bigotry, prejudiced behaviour, hate speech and vilification.

We have partnered with the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (VEOHRC) to make it easier to report discrimination when it happens to you.  The Commission is an independent agency and part of its role is to receive and try to resolve complaints from the community. 

Reports can be made easily using the new Community Reporting Tool (CRT) below. The Tool asks you four questions with the option of being contacted by the Commission if you wish. Even if you’re not sure whether what has happened to you is discrimination – making a report to the Commission can help. 

In the current Covid-19 emergency, when we know racism and race-based incidents have been increasing, we encourage you to use the CRT to report discrimination if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination. 

To report discrimination, go to the following page and fill in the VEOHRC Community Reporting Tool.

Say NO to Racism Training

Say NO to Racism training addresses racism through the role of bystanders, and how to take safe and constructive action against racism. The training will teach you to:
  • Acknowledge the ambiguous nature of racism.
  • Understand of the impacts of racism.
  • The social and personal barriers to bystander intervention.
  • Practical strategies and language skills to take safe, constructive action against racism.
  • Recognise the potential of bystander action in creating anti-racist social norms.

You will find yourself in a realistic situation with the opportunity to experience and overcome the barriers to intervention, and learn tools and language required for safe and constructive intervention.

Training delivery
This training package was produced by Council in collaboration with Polykala, who coordinate and deliver the training. For pricing and to make enquiries, visit polykala.com/saynotoracism

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8365
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au

Say NO to Racism - Voices of the Community

Council is committed to protect, fulfil and promote the human rights of all citizens in the City of Darebin. Do you know your human rights?

Everyone has Human Rights
Human rights guide the way we treat one another. To enjoy our human rights, we must make sure that we do not do or say things which limit the human rights of other people. This includes family members, children, friends, neighbours, club members and the people we work or volunteer with.

Four values are the foundation of human rights: freedom, respect, equality and dignity.  These values express how we need to be treated in order to feel like a human being.

The concept of human rights is embedded in philosophical principles of how to live together as a community, dating back to the earliest times of civilisation.  It is also the basis of various international agreements, including the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

The Darebin Human Rights Action Plan 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) is Council’s commitment to the actions it will take to protect, fulfil and promote the human rights of all citizens in the City of Darebin.  These actions further embed human rights within Council’s culture and practice at all levels, and commit Council to working with residents and communities based on the key human rights values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity.

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protects 20 human rights of all Victorians. Many of the organisations that provide a public service to the community must comply with and promote the Charter.

All public services must think about the 20 Charter rights when making decisions, laws and policies and when delivering programs and services. They must avoid limiting these rights as much as possible.

Advocating for Human Rights
When you use a public service you can expect that your human rights will be respected and that you will be treated fairly.  But if this does not happen as it should, the Charter can be used to advocate for your rights.  The Charter is a practical tool and is designed to be used by everyday people, to back them up when they have been treated unfairly. 

Council has developed a step by step guide to advocating for human rights using the Charter, which can be used by citizens and community groups. We believe that the community is stronger when everyone respects one another’s human rights. If you require a paper copy, please get in touch with the Human Rights Officer.

Further Information
Darebin Human Rights Officer
Ph: 8470 8446
Email: abasset@darebin.vic.gov.au


The people of Darebin are made up of a rich diversity of religions and faiths. We aim to promote peace and harmony among our community by engaging with community leaders and faith representatives, and holding annual events open to the entire community.

RESPECT: A Guide for Muslim Faith Leaders and Communities

RESPECT: A Guide for Faith Leaders and Communities
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This resource is a guide for Muslim faith leaders and communities to take action to prevent violence against women and promote equal and respectful relationships. Violence against women and girls is now recognized as one of the leading public health and human rights issues of our time. Everybody has a role to play in creating a safe and respectful community.

Further Information
Interfaith Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8519



The Darebin Interfaith Council was established on the 29th of June 2005 as and Advisory Committee of the Darebin Council. The aim and objectives of the Darebin Interfaith Council stem from Council’s rights-based Equity and Inclusion Policy and from its three policy goals.


The aim of the Darebin Interfaith Council is to support the implementation of Darebin Council's Equity and Inclusion commitments to build a cohesive, harmonious and diverse city.  It offers an interfaith perspective on policy planning, service design, program delivery and activities coordinated by the Darebin Council to ensure they effectively meet the needs and expectations of Darebin's interfaith and intercultural communities.


  • To create an opportunity for dialogue between religious leaders and community members of diverse faith background.
  • To provide leadership on matters pertaining to interfaith relations, interfaith understanding and cooperation in the City of Darebin.
  • To promote the work of interfaith collaboration and interfaith understanding for the City of Darebin.
  • To act as a source of information and advice to Darebin City Council and the Darebin community on interfaith related matters.
  • To facilitate the active engagement of Darebin City Council with its religious leaders and communities of faith.
  • Provide opportunities for the Darebin Interfaith Council to support the Darebin Council with the implementation of its Equity and Inclusion Policy and to participate in Council’s consultations, programs, policy developments and community engagement processes.
  • To promote social harmony and cohesion between diverse faith communities and the protection of human rights.
  • To work towards eliminating racial and religious prejudice, intolerance and vilification.


  • Adhere to the principle of “Conversing rather than Converting”.
  • Respect the value and integrity of each faith.
  • Approach dialogue and debate with a spirit of understanding and collaboration.
  • Contribute to the community’s understanding of faith, beliefs, traditions and customs.
  • Build interfaith bridges of cooperation and understanding between the various groups. 

The Darebin Interfaith Council also adheres to the principles underpinning Council’s Equity and inclusion Policy:

  • Social justice
  • Human rights
  • Accountability
  • Participation
  • Empowerment
  • Diversity


The membership of the Darebin Interfaith Council is comprised of:

  • Nominated Councillors
  • One Council officer, and others as required, whose role supposes understanding the specific challenges and barriers to equality facing faith communities and who can implement actions to address issues raised by the Committee
  • Up to twelve members representing the diversity of the Darebin religious community


The Darebin Interfaith Council  should reflect the full diversity of the Darebin religious community, first in terms of religious affiliation and second in terms of age, ability, indigenous status, cultural and linguistic background, education and income levels, employment status, carer role, etc. This will be a key consideration in the selection and recruitment of members. The Committee will seek to build and reflect diversity within membership and be inclusive in practice.


9 February

4 May

3 August

2 November


Meetings will be held at the Darebin Intercultural Centre, 4-5pm


Further Information
Interfaith Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8519 
Email: aziz.cooper@darebin.vic.gov.au

We are working towards equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) residents. Our aim is to strengthen the participation and rights of all in Darebin, regardless of sexuality, or sex or gender identity.

The Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Action Plan 2012-2015 (extended to 2017) supports Council's work towards equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) residents and aims to strengthen the participation and rights of all in Darebin, regardless of sexuality, or sex or gender identity. 

The Action Plan focuses on greater inclusiveness:

  • internally within Council as an organisation
  • in Council's services and programs
  • in the Darebin community.

The plan was developed with the support of the Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee, following engagement with the community throughout 2012, and was endorsed by Council on 6 August 2012. We are in the process of updating the Action Plan.

Celebrating our LGBTIQ community
At Council, we celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Recognised in over 60 countries, IDAHOBIT is an annual event celebrated on 17 May, the date when the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990.

IDAHOBIT aims to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI rights work. For information on events for IDAHOBIT day, visit the Annual Events page.

Marriage Equality
Darebin Council resolved at its meeting on Monday 21 August 2017 to reaffirm its support for marriage equality and support the yes campaign. 

This reflects the strong position Darebin has taken to stand in solidarity with its LGBTIQ residents on this issue for a number of years. In 2015 we formally endorsed a statement calling for marriage equality, with this statement being reaffirmed in 2016 and expanded to include that marriage equality should be achieved through a direct free vote in Parliament and highlighted the harm of plebiscite to the LGBTIQ community.

Australian research has measured the devastating impact of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexism on people's everyday lives including on health, wellbeing and participation in community life. For example:

  • LGBTIQ Australians are two to three times more likely than the general population to experience poor mental health as a direct result of the discrimination, stigma and prejudice they experience
  • Almost half all LGBTIQ Australians hide their sexuality or gender identity because they fear violence or discrimination, with young people aged 16 to 24 more likely to do so than any other age group (Source:Beyond Blue).

As an official supporter of the No To Homophobia campaign since 2015 we have pledged to "Stand up to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always." We are proud to stand in solidarity with LGBTIQ communities and their allies in support of marriage equality.

Find the Rainbow in Melbourne's North
In conjunction with Moreland, Yarra and Banyule City Councils, we have developed a map of LGBTIQ groups and networks as well as LGBTIQ friendly services across Melbourne' north. The map, Find the Rainbow in Melbourne's north, has been designed to provide LGBTIQ people and allies with accurate and reliable information.

If you have concerns about a place that has been included or if there is a group or service that you think should be included in the map, please email us.

Intersex Awareness 

Council flew the intersex flag for the first time in 2018 to acknowledge both the International Day of Intersex Awareness (October 26) and the International Day of Intersex Solidarity (November 8). By doing so, we showed our commitment to better understanding the unique experiences and needs of the intersex community, including barriers to participation in community life and recognition of human rights. This is the start of our journey to hear and learn from, and be supportive of, our intersex residents.

Our Stand Against Homophobia
Council also supports the No to Homophobia campaign. Victoria-based, but with a national reach, the No To Homophobia campaign challenges all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queerpeople (LGBTIQ), whether in the workplace or in social situations. The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment in Victoria (and beyond) by empowering both LGBTIQ people and the broader community to respond to and speak out against this harassment.

No To Homophobia sends the message to all Australians that homophobic, transphobic and biphobic harassment is never acceptable. The campaign also aims to raise awareness and let those who experience unlawful harassment know that they have official avenues to respond to it, including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the police. Victoria Police has Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) specifically trained to deal sensitively with and respond to the needs of LGBTIQ people. On 3 June 2013, Council emphasised our commitment by "giving [our] word to stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always".

Council's support of the Safe Schools Coalition
On 6 July 2015, Council passed a motion to publicly support the marriage equality campaign. On 21 March 2016, Council officially became a supporter of Safe Schools Coalition by signing this pledge: "We believe that schools should provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students, so that they can learn, grow, and reach their full potential – free from bullying and discrimination. We pledge to stand up against homophobia and transphobia whenever we see or hear it. We are proud to support Safe Schools Coalition Australia and its work to create positive change for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families."

In signing the Safe Schools Coalition's supporter pledge, we want to express our support to Darebin schools, their LGBTIQ students and families and all of Darebin's LGBTIQ residents!

More Information
For support or to keep informed about what's going on in the LGBTIQ community, here is a list of community organisations, peak bodies, interesting initiatives and support groups.

Diversity Policy Officer
Phone: 8470 8423
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au

Here is our new social justice framework – Towards Equality.

Towards Equality: Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Framework 2019-2029 is Darebin City Council’s guiding framework to address barriers to equity and inclusion in the community.

The Framework was endorsed by Council on Monday 16 December 2019, following community consultation. You told us we were on the right track and you were hopeful the Framework would make a difference in people’s lives – and that we should translate its aspirations into tangible outcomes! Building on the former Equity and Inclusion Policy developed in 2012, the new framework guides Council’s approach to addressing the various barriers to equity and inclusion experienced by Darebin’s citizens and stakeholders and seeks to strengthen their human rights. It goes above and beyond our legislated responsibilities to position Council at the forefront in tackling disadvantage, inequity and exclusion. 

We invite you to take the time to read through the Framework or its summary version. This Framework is for you and about you and your rights– we invite you to use it as a self-advocacy tool – and to hold us to account!

Download the full version of the Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Framework 2019-2029
Download the summary version of the Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Framework 2019-2029