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Multicultural communities directory

Multicultural Reference Group (MRG)

Sutherland Shire’s Multicultural Reference Group - PDF - 301 KB (MRG) is comprised of people from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background. The MRG provides a forum for residents from diverse backgrounds to address and advance multicultural issues.

The MRG advises Council to help with relevant and strategic decision making. MRG members also help to deliver Council initiatives, and advocate for additional or improved services for CALD and migrant communities.

If you are interested in joining the MRG, please contact communities@ssc.nsw.gov.au.

Refugee Welcome Zone

Sutherland Shire is a Refugee Welcome Zone. This means we are committed to:

  • welcoming refugees into the community
  • upholding the human rights of refugees
  • demonstrating compassion for refugees
  • enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

Refugee week logo

Refugee Week is about celebrating the positive contributions refugees make to Australian society. It aims  to create a culture of welcome throughout the country. Refugee Week is celebrated around the world, culminating in World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Refugee Week aims to educate the Australian public about who refugees are, to understand the challenges they face, and to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment. The Refugee Week theme in 2022 is 'Healing'. To learn more, visit Home - Refugee Week

Watch this space for events coming in 2023.

Harmony week logo

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of their cultural or linguistic background.

To get involved, visit Harmony week - Everyone belongs.

Watch this space for events coming in 2023


Citizenship ceremonies

On behalf of the Department of Home Affairs, Sutherland Shire Council hosts regular citizenship ceremonies to welcome new Australians into our community.

Sutherland Shire diversity

  • the four largest ancestries in 2021 were English, Australian, Irish and Italian
  • 44 401 people (19.3%) were born overseas
  • 14% of people speak another language
  • Catholic, Anglican and Greek orthodox religions were the major religions.

(Source id.informed decisions)

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Community development team