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.
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.
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 11am to 12pm.
Visit Stonnington Libraries to learn more.
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.
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.
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).
Community events and information
Community organisations with cultural events and information include:
Organisations that provide community support include:
- AMES - settlement services including help with learning English and finding a job.
- Australian Multicultural Community Services - community support for older Victorians living at home.
- Be Connected - develop your digital skills with worksheets covering the basics of using your device and connecting to the internet.
- Learn English for free through this program which helps eligible migrants with low English levels to improve their English language skills, develop work skills and improve their understanding of Australian community life.
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.
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: