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Racism It Stops With Me

Maribyrnong City Council is an official supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism It Stops With Me campaign.

The campaign aims to reduce racism and the negative effects it has on individuals and the broader community. More than 1 in 20 Australians say they have been physically attacked because of their race. Reports of racism have increased over the past five years. Around 1 in 5 Australians say they have experienced race-hate talk, such as verbal abuse, racial slurs or name-calling. 1500 people responded to the Commission’s survey. Two thirds said they had experienced racism.

Why is Council Supporting This Campaign?

During consultations for Council’s 2012-2017 Multicultural Policy, 26% of respondents identified racism as a top 5 issue. As well as supporting and celebrating multiculturalism, the purpose of the policy is to 'help reduce racial and religious discrimination' and commits Council to 'leading opportunities that address racial and religious discrimination'.

By being part of the campaign, Council hopes to lead by example and make a difference to the lives of all members of our community. Council will feature the "Racism It Stops With Me" campaign logo on this website and other publications, promote the campaign to stakeholders and community members and together with the community, identify activities to do over the next three years to support a stance against racism.

Businesses, groups and organisations are encouraged to publicly join Council as an official campaign supporter and take a stand against racism.

Tips for Bystanders

Standing up to racism shows the target of the racist behaviour that you don’t support it and can be a powerful sign of support. It can also make the perpetrator think twice about what they’re saying or doing. But often people don’t stand up because they fear becoming the target of abuse themselves.

View VicHealth’s tips for bystanders video on how everyone can play a role in preventing racism. Also read the research report 'Choosing to act: Bystander action to prevent race-based discrimination' (attached below).

How to Join the Racism.It Stops With Me. Campaign

To join the campaign or for more information visit Racism. It Stops With Me.

Anti-Hate Help

If you would like to take further action with any hate related issue, contact the organisations below.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
The Commission provides an impartial, fast, flexible and free dispute resolution process to help people resolve discrimination complaints and racial and religious vilification. This includes discrimination at work, in educational settings, when providing goods or services, accommodation, clubs, sports and local government. The Commission can also help in situations where behaviour incites or encourages hatred, serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule of another person or group because of their race or religion.
Enquiry Line: 1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583
Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1300 289 621
Interpreters Line: 1300 152 494

Victoria Police
If you want to report a crime or incident, contact Victoria Police.
Crimes that motivate hate include physical assault, property damage, harassment, verbal or written abuse, threats, offensive graffiti.
In case of an emergency, CALL 000.
If you're a victim, please contact your local police station. To find your nearest police station go to
If you have information about a crime you can call Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000 or online at

Victims of Crime
This is the official Victorian Government website for people affected by crime. Get free information and support to help you manage the effects of crime and guide you through the legal process.
Enquiry Line: 1800 819 817
TTY: (03) 8662 1730

Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) can help people who have experienced racial or religious hatred, discrimination or victimisation by providing legal information, advice and representation.
Contact: Call us on 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm, for free information over the phone about the law and how we can help you.
TTY/voice: 133 677 or 1800 555 677 (country callers)
SSR/speak and listen: 1300 555 727 or 1800 555 727 (country callers)

Removing Discriminatory Graffiti
Council offers residents and traders a voucher to purchase paint and solvents to remove graffiti from their property. The voucher can be used at Paint Spot, Albert Street Footscray. It entitles holders to:
500ml of graffiti removal product
4 litres of exterior paint (colour of choice)
Paint roller and tray kit
All properties must be assessed by Local Laws officers before they are deemed eligible for a graffiti removal kit voucher.
For more information contact:
Parking and Local Laws
9688 0200

How do I complain about my telecommunications service?
You should contact your service provider in the first instance and indicate that you wish to complain. You can complain to a service provider if you are a current or former customer. If you remain dissatisfied after dealing with your service provider, you can contact the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). The TIO is an office of last resort—to be involved once all other avenues for dispute resolution have been explored. The TIO provides independent, just, informal and speedy resolution of telephone complaints and disputes. Its service is free to consumers.

More information
Contact the TIO or see the TIO website for more information on making a complaint:

Tel: 03 8600 8700
Freecall: 1800 062 058
TTY: 1800 675 692

Mail: Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
PO Box 276
Collins Street West, Melbourne Vic 8007

Building Bridges - Cultural Games Project

Council has developed a number of initiatives supporting diversity and inclusion. The Building Bridges - Cultural Games Project was funded over three years by VicHealth and developed in response to the evidence linking poor mental health outcomes and racial discrimination. The project is underpinned by Allport’s ‘Intergroup Contact Theory’ and based on the simple idea of getting students from different cultural and social backgrounds together to play games from around the world.

Over 600 students in Years 5 and 6, 38 parents, 40 teachers and 10 primary schools participated in the project. The participants of each program of Cultural Games had the opportunity to meet and interact with students and parents from diverse school communities and build relationships, trust and share ideas and experiences about culture and racism. The project has officially finished but its legacy is one that Council and school communities can build on.

The Building Bridges - Cultural Games Project is produced by Council. It explains the concepts that underpin Building Bridges and can be downloaded below. The publication provides a breakdown of what a school based program would look like and instructions to games played around the world that have been sampled and recommended by students. Well known local community members who have participated in the project also share their stories of journeying to Australia. These stories of courage and celebration have inspired and encouraged the many students, parents and school staff who have been involved in this project.

For more information contact:
9688 0200

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