Cultural diversity

Our commitment to cultural diversity

The City of Stonnington is committed to ensuring our services and programs are inclusive and meet the needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) residents.

The City of Stonnington is proud to be home to people from 120 countries of origin, who speak 90 different languages.

  • 33% of residents were born overseas
  • 24% were born in a non-English speaking country
  • 23% of residents speak a language other than English at home.

This rich diversity strengthens our community, adding different experience, values and perspectives to our social fabric.

Stonnington's Cultural Diversity Action Plan 2022-2025(PDF, 4MB) guides us in planning and delivering services that are inclusive, accessible and responsive to the service needs of our CALD communities.

Interpreter services

Council provides interpreting services to effectively communicate with residents from CALD backgrounds. Residents can contact us on the Stonnington Communitylink service and speak to Council staff via an interpret in their community language.


CALD library services

Collections in other languages are available at the following libraries:

English Conversation Club is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at Prahran Square Library from 11 am to 12 pm. 

Visit Stonnington libraries to learn more.

Support for international students

We support international students living in Stonnington by providing services, programs and information to assist with housing, employment and health. We also provide opportunities for students to participate in the community. 

Read information for international students.

Community groups

Tjianbi is a weekly friendly meet up program and an opportunity to meet people from different cultures. Residents can join in a welcoming environment at Grattan Gardens Community Centre for music concerts, games, conversation, quizzes and a complimentary hot drink.  

Conversation English language lessons

The Prahran Community Learning Centre provides English classes which are delivered in a fun, relaxed and open environment for all levels of learners.

Stonnington community directory

Access the community directory for information on multicultural groups and organisations.

Racism and discrimination

Victorian Equality Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

If you, or someone you know, has experienced discrimination or vilification based on race or religion and would like to report it or seek information about your rights, you can make a complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

Additional resources

Community events and information

Community organisations with cultural events and information include:

Community support

Organisations that provide community support include:

Health translations

Health translations website - Health information from trusted organisations translated into many languages.  

Royal Women's Hospital - Select a topic to find translated fact sheets, or choose a language under Find a Fact sheet for a list of documents in your language.  

My Aged Care - Information about aged care services in selected languages.

Multicultural resources


3ZZZ is the largest ethnic community station in Australia with programs in 70 community languages.

SBS radio for news, information and music in community languages.

Translated resources for families

Translated resources for families include:

COVID-19 information in your language

Find COVID-19 in your language.

COVID-19 resources and information in different community languages. Information includes fact sheets and promotional materials.