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Social justice

We work to create a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community. As part of this commitment we have developed a framework that is underpinned by 6 social justice principles:

  • participation
  • advocacy
  • empowerment
  • equity
  • access
  • diversity

Read the Mitchell Shire Council Social Justice Framework 2017 to 2021 below.

Priority Areas

Council acknowledges that despite its aspirations, it cannot address all social issues at once.

Council commits to addressing the following seven priority areas which have been identified through extensive research, data analysis and stakeholder consultation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Mitchell Shire is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure their culture is recognised and celebrated within the community.

Acknowledgement our Traditions Owners Resource Guide

As part of Reconciliation Week, Mitchell Shire Council launched the first-ever Acknowledging our Traditional Owners Resource Guide (download below).

The guide has been developed so that any community member can pick it up and learn more about:

  • Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners
  • Welcome to Country
  • Flags and celebrations
  • Key dates that are acknowledged throughout the year
  • Terminology and Group Names

Cultural Diversity

Mitchell Shire is committed to working with people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds in a manner that is respectful and accepting of differences. As the population grows and changes, Mitchell Shire welcomes all newcomers and their culture and traditions as part of the local community.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex

Council’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Priority outlines our commitment to and appreciation of Mitchell’s LGBTI communities and acknowledges how we work in partnership to support them.

Gender Equity

Mitchell Shire is committed to ensuring that people of all genders are actively supported to access and enjoy the same rights, resources and opportunities within Mitchell Shire. Gender equality is achieved when people of all genders are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of whether they are a woman or a man.

Equitable Access to Services - Supporting Vulnerability

Mitchell Shire is committed to advocating for services to be available to everyone who is entitled to them that are free of any form of discrimination irrespective of a person’s country of birth, language, religion, gender, sexual preference or ability.


Mitchell Shire is committed to providing a community that promotes people with a disability having the right to participate in the social, economic, cultural, political and spiritual life of community.

Community Connections

Mitchell Shire is committed to promoting a community that values social cohesion, community involvement and participation, volunteering and equality.

This page was last updated on 17 February 2020.