Our Diverse Languages and Cultures

According to the 2016 Census, 38 per cent of our Whitehorse community was born overseas and one third of us have come from a non-English speaking background.

The top five countries of birth are: China, India, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Other than English, Mandarin and Cantonese are the most commonly spoken languages at home, followed by Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

Our large Chinese population is a real feature of the municipality, with 11.5 per cent of our community born in China. In Box Hill, this figure is 27.6 per cent.

Whitehorse has a large and growing international student population. International students attend Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Deakin University and local high schools.

For further information read the Cultural Diversity Fact Sheet or contact the Community Development Officer Diversity on 9262 6434 or sarah.martinelli@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Translations and Interpreting

Residents can call the free Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450, tell the operator the language they speak, then ask to be connected to Whitehorse City Council on (03) 9262 6333.

Global Fiesta

Global Fiesta is Council’s National Harmony Day event celebrating our wonderfully diverse community. This free family event is held in March each year.

Chinese New Year Festival

An annual event in Central Box Hill with with food, music and a spectacular parade. Date and details to be confirmed.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Community Groups

Whitehorse is home to many Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community groups. You can find details on Council’s Community Directory.

Support for Community Groups and Events

The Victorian Multicultural Commission provides support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse community groups and events.