The City of Port Phillip promotes positive community relationships and provides a range of services and advice to assist people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Nearly a quarter of residents in the City of Port Phillip speak languages other than English at home. The council offers a free multilingual telephone interpreting service for council enquiries. The interpreter will put a caller in touch with our Call Centre so we are able to respond to your enquiries.
Staff at the council's service outlets can also access an interpreter for enquiries in person at a Town Hall.
- 廣 東 話 (Cantonese) 03 9679 9810
- 普 通 话 (Mandarin) 03 9679 9858
- Ελληνικά (Greek) 03 9679 9811
- Polski (Polish) 03 9679 9812
- Русский (Russian) 03 9679 9813
- Other languages 03 9679 9814
Port Phillip Multifaith Network
The Port Phillip Multifaith Network comprises representatives and leaders from a wide variety of religions and faith groups in the City of Port Phillip. For more information visit the Multifaith Network.
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
In 2002, the City of Port Phillip declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone (PDF 590 KB) in support of the Refugee Council of Australia campaign. This declaration formed a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into our community.
Visit Asylum seekers and refugees for more information on supports available to asylum seekers and refugees in Port Phillip.
Racism. It Stops With Me
The City of Port Phillip is proud to support the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign. We have committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign.
Racism continues to occur in Australia despite cultural diversity being central to our national identity. A survey by Vichealth with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds has shown that almost two-thirds have been targets of racism in the past year.
The national Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies. For more information on the campaign go to the Australian Human Rights Commission Website.
See Australian Citizenship for information on how to become and Australian citizen and upcoming citizenship ceremonies in the City of Port Phillip.
Multicultural Community Directory
Victorian Multicultural Commission has a directory to help people access settlement and cultural services across Victoria. It includes information on multicultural groups, interfaith networks, community language schools and more. See the Community Directory here.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre (ESNLC) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to people who want to learn English. Contact the ESNLC directly for details.
Phone: 03 95311954
Address: 87 Tennyson Street, Elwood, 3184
For a list of addresses and vacancies in other Multicultural learning groups throughout Port Phillip and Stonnington, contact MiCare (formerly the New Hope Foundation) on 03 9510 5877 or visit New Hope Foundation.