The City of Cockburn is an inclusive community that is home to people from all over the world. The City celebrates multicultural diversity.
32.4 per cent (29,807) of our residents are born overseas, according to the 2011 Census. Between 2006 and 2011 the number of residents born overseas increased by 7,663 people from 28.7 per cent to 32.4 per cent.
Almost 20 per cent of the Cockburn population (17,105 people) speak a language other than English at home. The most widely spoken languages other than English are Italian, Mandarin, Croatian, Portuguese and Filipino/Tagalog.
The City’s diversity contributes to a vibrant community and has many social and economic benefits. The City welcomes residents from many backgrounds including those born in:
- United Kingdom 8,001 (8.9%)
- New Zealand 2,546 (2.8%)
- South Africa 1,611 (1.8%)
- Italy 1,581 (1.8%)
- Philippines 1,335 (1.5%)
- Croatia 1,224 (1.4%)
- Portugal 1, 045 (1.2%)
- Malaysia 985 (1.1%)
- India 961 (1.1%)
- China 895 (1%)
- Singapore 812 (0.9%)
- Indonesia 479 (0.5%)
- Ireland 424 (0.5%)
Given this significant diversity, the City of Cockburn’s Strategic Community Plan (2016-2026) is committed to 'continue to celebrate the significance of cultural, social and built heritage including local Indigenous and multicultural groups'.
We welcome our residents as they formally integrate and embrace our great nation Australia by becoming citizens. We carry out a number of public ceremonies throughout the year for residents to receive Australian Citizenship, on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Immigration & Border Protection.For more information, visit citizenship information.
The Coolbellup and Success libraries host conversational English classes to help people practice speaking English. The classes are a great way to practice speaking and listening in English with people from many different countries and backgrounds. All levels are invited.
The classes run at Coolbellup every Tuesday during school terms, between 10am and 11:30am and on Mondays at Success between 10:30am and 12pm. Please let staff know if you need to use the crèche for child minding.
Please contact us for details on the current program and to register. Classes are available for a gold coin donation.
Women of the World is a multicultural group for women who are new to Perth and who want to make new friends and social connections. The group meets on Thursday mornings during school terms at the Yangebup Family Centre. Please contact us for more details.
Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) is a special Storytime for children 3-4 years. For children who do not speak English at home, or who speak limited English, LETS allows children practise English through songs, rhymes and conversation, to improve their skills and confidence. LETS runs at Success Library in term two and four. Contact the library for more details and to book.
Please contact the City for more information on multicultural Cockburn on 08 9411 3444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org