Multicultural Stirling

The City of Stirling is one of the most diverse local governments in Australia. Stirling is proud to have such a culturally rich community.

Statistics from the 2011 Census show:

Over 64% of City of Stirling residents have a parent who was born overseas.

Over 24% of the City's 200,000+ residents speak a language other than English at home, with the top four languages being Italian, Vietnamese, Macedonian and Mandarin.

Between 2009 and 2014, 16,563 migrants arrived in the City of Stirling. 46% of these migrants arrived under the skilled migrant stream, 26% under the family migration stream and 10% under the Humanitarian stream. Some of the benefits of cultural diversity include:

  • Increasing the size of the economy
  • Creating jobs and niche markets
  • Raising average incomes
  • Increasing productivity through a broader skills base
  • Creating a competitive advantage for business
  • Improving global links and increasing trade opportunities
  • Increasing cultural richness through new food, music, festivals and celebrations
  • Encouraging tourism

Supporting Multicultural Communities

The City of Stirling provides targeted support to multicultural communities through the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre which hosts a dedicated Multicultural Project Officer and function space. The City also supports a range of activities and events that celebrate cultural diversity and assist newcomers to access services and develop connections within their community.

Newcomers Guide

The City is in the process of developing a Newcomers Guide to assist in meeting the diverse needs of people arriving and making their new home. Through providing helpful and relevant local information, this Guide will assist newcomers in accessing services, utilising facilities and participating in local community and civic life. The Guide will also highlight real people's stories, and feature a diverse range of important topics including health, education, employment and transport.  

Multicultural Project Officer

Stirling's Multicultural Project Officer is supported under the Settlement Grants program funded by the Federal Department of Social Services (DSS).
The Multicultural Project Officer works with newly arrived migrants (under 5 years) and their communities to:

  • Encourage usage and facilitate access to the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre
  • Provide referrals and links to a range of mainstream service providers
  • Assist in building community capacity through education workshops
  • Assist communities to develop initiatives that respond to the settlement needs of new migrants

 You can get involved in the services offered by the Multicultural Project Officer by joining the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre Advisory Network (MMCAN). Members of the group identify the needs of new residents and work together to develop initiatives that build community capacity to respond to these needs.

If you would like more information about the services available, or would like to get involved in the MMCAN, please contact the Multicultural Project Officer on (08) 9205 8555.

Youth Settlement Service

In partnership with Youth Futures WA, the City of Stirling has established a program to support recently arrived young people to successfully settle in their community. Funded through the DSS, this service is available to young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who have immigrated to Australia in the past five years. Eligible young people have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in free recreational, cultural and arts-based activities
  • Access one-on-one support and case management from a Multicultural Youth Support and Development Worker who can provide information and advice on issues such as relationships with peers, drug and alcohol use, sexual health and mental health.

If you would like more information about the services available, please contact the Multicultural Youth Support and Development Worker on (08) 9205 7335.

Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre

The Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre is funded by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the facility aims to support newly arrived families and individuals and connect them with the community.
More information about the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre can be found here: Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre

Contact Us

City of Stirling Administration centre

(08) 9205 8555

24 hour Security Patrol

1300 365 356

Go to Reconciliation and Aboriginal Community

Go to Cultural Diversity

Back to Top