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Social Inclusion Strategy

Social inclusion in the City of Hobart is about recognising the fundamental right of all citizens of the City to have the opportunity to participate socially, culturally, economically, physically and politically in the community. A further detailed description is contained in the Social Inclusion Strategy 2014 - 2019.

City of Hobart Social Inclusion Strategy 2014-2019City of Hobart Social Inclusion Strategy 2014-2019

Social Inclusion Policy

In recognition of the fundamental right of all citizens of Hobart to have the opportunity to participate fully socially, culturally, economically, physically and politically in the life of their community, Hobart City Council is committed to:

  • Recognising that diversity in the community is one of its greatest strengths.
  • Acknowledging that all individuals and communities have strengths and building on them through a whole-of-community approach.
  • Ensuring that the needs and aspirations of the most disadvantaged people in the community are addressed in partnership with other key stakeholders.
  • Understanding and being informed about the community.
  • Engaging the community as identifiers of community needs and aspirations and participators in the responses.
  • Identifying and understanding the root causes of disadvantage and giving priority to supporting early intervention and prevention approaches.
  • Promoting and providing equity and access to all Council's activities, programs, facilities and services.
  • Ensuring Council practices, policies and procedures actively build social inclusion and do not contribute to social exclusion.
  • Utilising a whole-of-organisation approach to address the barriers that exclude people from full participation in community life through the implementation of the Social Inclusion Strategy.

Social Inclusion Role

There is no single approach that will build social inclusion in the community. It is a complex task and everyone has a role to play. This includes all levels of government, the community sector, business and the community itself. Local government is however ideally placed to identify and respond to strengths and opportunities in the community and assist in addressing issues as it is the level of government closest to the community. With this in mind, Hobart City Council's role in social inclusion can be defined as:

Leadership Hobart has a unique role as the capital city and regional hub. Many people who live outside of the municipal area look to the Council as a key driver in addressing social issues
Advocacy There are many issues and opportunities where the Council can use its voice to advocate for outcomes that will benefit all
Management Council has a key role in the strategic planning, development and management of land, infrastructure and facilities in order to benefit the community
Connection Council has a significant lead role in bringing people and organisations together and establishing relationships in order to achieve community outcomes
Informing The Council as an organisation has access to a vast array of information, is a collector and source of information for the community and has a vital role in raising awareness on issues
Facilitation Council is in a unique position to be able to provide a broad range of support to facilitate innovative community-based initiatives that respond to local need, and may include delivery of services when there is a clear need and a lack of capacity in the community to provide the required service

Domains of Action

The aim of Council's Social Inclusion Strategy is that Hobart becomes a more socially inclusive city. The Social Inclusion Strategy groups the Council's actions under seven outcome domains or areas of activity:

Community Engagement and Participation Encouraging community involvement and civic participation and valuing diversity
Vibrant Places Providing spaces and linkages that support community interaction and enhance celebration of arts & culture
Affordable Living Encouraging a mix of housing; homelessness responses and food security
Effective Transport Supporting connected transport networks that enable people to be part of community life
Community Safety Ensuring our community is strong and safe
Economic Participation Supporting education and employment pathways for the whole community
Health & Wellbeing Encouraging healthy connected lifestyles



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