Difference shouldn’t lead to disadvantage


As one of Melbourne’s most diverse and disadvantaged communities – Brimbank Council is committed to building a strong culture of social justice, to ensure the differences experienced by many in our community do not lead to disadvantage.

Brimbank Council this week adopted the Brimbank Social Justice Charter – after seeking community feedback on the draft.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the Charter recognised that many in our community faced barriers that could limit their access to social justice.

“Social justice is about giving everyone in our society an equal chance to succeed.

Access for Everyone

“We should all have access to the same rights, services and opportunities regardless of personal circumstances or where we were born – but sometimes barriers such as discrimination, social isolation, low levels of education, low income, housing insecurity or limited transport access can make it harder for some people to access opportunities.

“As one of the most culturally diverse communities in Australia, and the second-most socioeconomically disadvantaged area in Melbourne, many people in our community face significant obstacles.

Council takes the Lead

“This Charter outlines Council’s commitment to being a leader in social justice and striving to deal with differences in our community in a fair and just way,” Cr Congreve said.

The Brimbank Social Justice Charter was adopted following positive feedback from public submissions, including suggestions to expand the Charter to identify a broader range of vulnerable groups and barriers to social justice.

Social Justice is one of the four principles that underpin the Council Plan 2017-2021.

The charter outlines Council’s commitment to working with the community and other partners that form the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition to reduce barriers to social justice, through a number of avenues. These include raising awareness; integrating social justice principles into all Council policies, plans and procedures; service planning and coordination; and advocating to Federal and State government for funding to improve community services and infrastructure.