The Brimbank Social Justice Charter sets out Council’s commitment to being a leader in social justice. It affirms Council’s commitment to the principles of access, equity, participation and human rights, with the aim to create a more just society where difference does not lead to disadvantage.
The Charter also provides a mandate to embed these principles into Council’s policies, strategies, plans, programs and services. In doing so, it ensures that Council’s planning and decision making complies with its obligations under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
The Social Justice Charter was updated in 2018, after being first adopted in 2008. It builds on the strengths and successes of the previous Charter, while remaining relevant and continuing to grow and shape a culture of social justice and human rights in Brimbank.
The Brimbank Social Justice Coalition is a key stakeholder group supporting the implementation of the Charter.
We acknowledge that the Indigenous Community suffers significant social and economic disadvantage - demonstrated by:
- Life expectancy
- A Victorian Aboriginal man can expect to live 21 years less than a non-Aboriginal man.
- A Victorian Aboriginal woman can expect to live 18 years less than a non-Aboriginal woman
- Labour Force Participation
- Aboriginal people in the North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne have higher rates of unemployment than non-Aboriginal people
- Aboriginal households in the North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne have lower incomes than non-Aboriginal households.
Follow our progress
During 2019-20, Council undertook a range of activities to support the implementation of the Brimbank Social Justice Charter, including:
- coordinating the Social Justice Coalition’s Strategic Implementation Group, which brings together leaders from local agencies to plan, lead and advocate on social justice issues
- undertaking research and advocacy that responds to key social justice issues, including homelessness, affordable housing, gambling harm, and education provision
- developing new Council policies and plans that deliver on Council’s commitment social justice, including the Safe and Inclusive Brimbank Strategy and Homelessness Implementation Plan
- engaging directly with local agencies to understand and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including the changing demand for services, effects on vulnerable communities, and opportunities to work together to support recovery.