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Community wellbeing and human rights

Human rights

We value and respect the human rights of every member of our community. We have a responsibility to make sure human rights are always being upheld, both in Moreland and the wider community.

The Moreland Human Rights Policy sets out what we will do over 10 years to support human rights.

There are specific groups of people who are at greater risk of discrimination, which impacts their social, economic and political life. These are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • migrant and refugee communities
  • people with disability
  • women
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities

Our Policy recognises these groups and gives priority to their needs. The policy also allows us to consider future needs of different groups.

We aim to always deliver programs, services and processes that are accessible, fair and inclusive. Our policy helps us do this.

The Human Rights Policy:

  • helps us meet our human rights obligations in a real way
  • recognises that many people face more than one form of discrimination, and this makes things more complex
  • encourages better use of resources by working with others on local, shared priorities across different areas.

Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

Our Human Rights Policy has the same aims as Victoria's Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. This Act sets out the basic rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all people in Victoria. It is about the relationship between government and the people it serves. It says that governments, local councils and other public authorities need to consider human rights when they make laws, develop policies or provide services.

More information

The following organisations provide more information on human rights in Australia:

For more information contact our Community Development and Social Policy Unit on 9240 1111.

Gender equality

Gender equality means that people of all genders enjoy equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities. Promoting gender equality prevents family violence and other forms of violence against women and girls.

Our Gender Equality Commitment means that we will promote equality and inclusion in the Moreland community through collaboration across Council and partnerships with organisations and people in the community.

We consulted with the community to identify 7 key action areas that are a priority for us as we promote gender equality:

  1. Equal visibility, self representation and leadership opportunities
  2. Accessible and safe public spaces, including for sports and recreation
  3. Equal pay for equal work
  4. Safe and affordable housing
  5. Access to formal and community education
  6. Empowering everyone to support the Gender Equality Commitment
  7. Accountability.

Action Plan Progress

We create action plans as a way of guiding progress on our commitments. The Action Plan 2019-2021 is our way of making sure we meet these 7 commitments. We are currently implementing this Plan and you can read the Action Plan Progress Update

Please email Moreland Gender Equality or phone 9240 1111 to learn more.

The following resources and related policies provide further information on our commitment to gender equality.

Resources

Family violence prevention and support

We are committed to preventing family violence in Moreland and supporting those who have experienced it. Family violence is against the law, and there is never an excuse for it.

Although domestic and family violence can happen to anyone, the evidence shows that in most cases in Victoria, family violence is perpetrated by men against women.

The Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008 says family violence as any behaviour towards another family member that is:

  • physically or sexual abusive
  • emotionally or psychologically abusive
  • financially abusive
  • threatening 
  • coercive, controlling or dominating  

Family violence can happen in all kinds of relationships, including:

  • intimate relationships (involving partners, boyfriends and girlfriends, husband and wife, ex-partners)
  • parents or guardians and children (child abuse)
  • older people and their carers or children (elder abuse)
  • parents and their teenage or adult children (adolescent family violence)
  • people with disabilities and their carers.

If you are experiencing family violence, there is help available. If you or someone you know needs emergency help, you should call 000.

Below, we have listed support services that are available to help you or anyone you know.

LGBTIQ community support

In Moreland, we welcome everyone. Our Human Rights Policy aims to make sure that Moreland is a safe and welcoming city for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Gender Diverse and Intersex (LGBTIQ) communities. We will always make sure that services in Moreland are accessible to our LGBTIQ residents and visitors.

In December 2020, we decided to fly the the rainbow flag all year round alongside the Australian, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander flags. We will also fly the transgender flag on:

  • 31 March for Trans Day of Visibility, during Trans Awareness Week
  • 20 November for Trans Day of Remembrance.

We will fly the intersex flag on 26 October for Intersex Awareness Day and 8 November for Intersex Solidarity Day.

  • IDAHOBIT Day
    The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia calls on people across Australia to stand against discrimination and support our LGBTIQ mates, colleagues and families. IDAHOBIT Day takes place on 17 May.

    Midsumma
    Midsumma is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTIQ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion. It takes place in January and February across the state. We partner with northern region councils and have a presence at Midsumma Carnival and Pride March. 

    Diversity Days are all about celebrating or honouring LGBTIQ days of significance, and increasing awareness of the LGBTIQ community’s rich and fabulous diversity. Pride in Sport provides a list of each of the days for your business, club and team to learn more about the days or to be able to discuss them with your stakeholders to help increase awareness about upcoming days.

    You can search the events calendar to find more events happening in Moreland.

  • Below is a list of resources that will help you learn more about LGTBIQ history and culture. Check out our range of training and professional development materials, and apply for funding support.

    LGBTIQ library resources

    Our libraries have an extensive collection of LGBTIQ resources. Visit our libraries or search the Library Catalogue

    Inclusive language guide

    A handy guide that provides advice on respectful language to use when working with LBGTIQ communities. Developed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet for the Victorian public sector.

    Community grants

    The Moreland Community Grants Program gives financial support to community led initiatives and collaborative projects that have multiple benefits and focus directly on the Moreland community.

    The Victorian Pride Centre

    The newly established Victorian Pride Centre website and the Resource Directory lists many LGBTIQ inclusive services and programs organised by category and location.

Public health and wellbeing plan

Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans are required by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. Councils need to prepare a plan within 12 months after each local election.

The vision for 2017-21 is that 'Moreland is a healthy, liveable and sustainable city'.

There are two focus areas in the Plan - Healthy Communities and Liveable Neighbourhoods. Through these focus areas, we aim to deliver long term outcomes for the Moreland community.

Health and wellbeing profile 

The Moreland Health and Wellbeing Profile 2020 was updated in December 2020.

In collaboration with our external partners we use the Profile to help guide our long-term planning for the community.

You can download the health and wellbeing profile below:

If you have questions about the research we have done for the Health and Wellbeing Profile, please contact the Research Coordinator on 9240 1111.

Gambling help

If gambling is a problem for you or someone you know contact:

Gambling in Moreland Strategy 2015-2020

We are committed to reducing the harmful impacts of gambling on our community. Gambling in Moreland 2015-2020 sets out how we will do this. We have identified electronic gaming machines and pokies as a source of great harm for communities and individuals based on:

  • the level of gambling losses in Moreland 
  • the number of people with problem gambling behaviours who play pokies.
  • We are a foundation partner of the National Alliance for Gambling Reform. As a partner, we call for stronger industry controls to protect consumers and reduce the damage that gambling products can bring to families and communities.

  • Gambling Harm Awareness Week runs yearly and is hosted by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

    During Gambling Harm Reduction Week, people are encouraged to:

    • talk about the effect gambling is having on health and wellbeing
    • share stories to connect with others, enhance mental health, and build resilience
    • seek support for gambling harm, or offer support to someone experiencing gambling harm.

Community safety

Part of being supported in your community is feeling safe as you move around it. We want everyone in Moreland, whether they are a resident of visitor, to feel safe at all times.

What do we do to keep our community safe?

We have taken the following steps to improve community safety. 

  • We meet with Victoria Police every month to discuss issues around public safety. We also meet with licensed venues on Sydney Road to talk about keeping the public safe.

  • There are 9 CCTV cameras along Sydney Road Brunswick. These were set up in September 2014. The cameras are connected to the Brunswick Police Station and are fully operational 24 hours a day. Victoria Police officers and employees have been trained to operate the new CCTV camera system.

    The installation of CCTV security cameras was a more complex and lengthy process than we first thought. Learn about the progress of this project through the Moreland Council CCTV timeline. Download a map of Brunswick CCTV locations.

  • In 2015, nearly 3000 local street and laneway lights were converted to LED in Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West. In 2016, we signed a contract with Jemena, which manages street lights north of Moreland Road. An additional 5500 street lights were changed to LEDs in these suburbs. These streets are now much, much brighter.

    These new LED lights also reduce carbon emissions and reduce both the electricity and maintenance cost for us and the community.

  • Our goal is to light up the whole Upfield Bike Path and to get more people cycling.

    Download a map of Upfield Bike Path lighting upgrades.

  • We have installed illuminated late-night taxi ranks in Sydney Road, Brunswick to make it safer for you to get a taxi at night. These taxi ranks are available on Friday and Saturday nights, from 10pm–7am, and will provide a well-lit space to wait.

    You can find these taxi ranks at:

    • Eastbound: Brunswick Road, Brunswick, immediately west of Sydney Road
    • Southbound: 108-132 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near McDonalds
    • Northbound: 165-173 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near The Cornish Arms Hotel
    • Southbound: 412-420 Sydney Road, Brunswick, near The Penny Black and The Mess Hall

    You can download the Illuminated taxi rank locations map to see where these spots are located.

  • If you are feeling unsafe, or if you witness a crime, please call police on 000 or your local police station.

    Brunswick Police
    620 Sydney Road, Brunswick
    Phone: 8378 6000

    Fawkner Police
    1151 Sydney Road, Fawkner
    Phone: 9355 6000

Housing, food and employment relief

Emergency housing relief updates

Due to the current pandemic, some people in Moreland and the wider community have needed housing support. The following measures have been taken to provide this.

  • During the pandemic, the Victorian Government has provided support to housing and homelessness services to make sure all community members have safe shelter. This includes financial assistance for staying in short-term accommodation, such as motels, and assistance to establish private rental tenancies. For assistance, contact:

    • VincentCare Victoria Northern Community Hub in Glenroy on 9304 0100
    • Phone 1800 825 955 (24 hours) to speak with a housing support worker. This number directs your call to a service closest to you, or if the call is outside business hours, it is directed to Salvation Army Crisis Services.
  • The Victorian Government has set up a rental assistance fund to provide payments of up to $3000 to Victorians experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. All Victorians can access this, regardless of their citizenship or residency status. To find out more about eligibility and how to apply, see Housing Victoria. To seek information and basic advice, see Tenants Victoria.

  • If you are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a care or a food package from the Victorian Government. Call the Victorian Government 24 hour COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

  • We have a dedicated phone line and email address for residents to contact if they need support as a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 8311 4140 from Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm or email casi@moreland.vic.gov.au.

Food relief

There are a number of services that provide food parcels to Victorians who need them. Click on the heading below that best suits your needs and find a service.  To find out more about food security in Moreland visit our food access and security page

    • Brunswick Salvos (food parcels and takeaway hot meals) - call 9388 5500
    • Getato Messina in partnership with Fare Share (precooked frozen meals) - see the Gelato Messina website
    • Reynard Street Neighbourhood House (precooked frozen meals  - call 9386 7128
    • Muslim Women's Council of Victoria (cooked halal meals available) - call 0481 752 964
    • Moreland Manna (takeaway, warm meals, coffee, tea, bread and light morning tea) - call 0416 378 748
  • Moreland's Meals on Wheels - call 9240 2302. Available for:

      • People over the age of 65
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 45 who are on low income, are homeless or at risk of homelessness 
      • People on low income and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness over the age of 50.
    • Community Information and Support Moreland - call 9350 3737
    • The Salvation Army (food vouchers, bill payments and pharmacy payments) - call 9353 1086
    • St Vincent de Paul - 1800 305 330
    • The Salvation Army Asylum Seeker and Refugee Service - 9384 8333
    • Brunswick Salvos - 9388 5500
    • Fawkner Commons, Fawker Bowling Club (fruit and vegetable boxes available to pre-order)
    • CERES Joe’s Market Garden (low cost vegetable box pick up) - see Open Food Network.