Hobart Respects All

Various patterns with words associated with how to deal with racism

The City of Hobart has launched a new anti-racism campaign, building on the earlier campaign to support migrants, immigrants and refugees, Hobart Welcomes All.

Hobart Respects All is about empowering bystanders to support anyone who is being targeted by racism, whether in overt or more subtle ways, with the understanding that it's everyone's responsibility to help make the community more inclusive and respectful.


In 2019 the City of Hobart became a signatory to the Welcoming Cities network. This is a national network of local governments who are committed to an Australia where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life. As a Welcoming City, the City of Hobart strongly believes that migrants, refugees and international students should feel that they are valued and welcomed here. As such, feedback from multicultural communities that racism is on the rise cannot be ignored. It is well known that racism has serious consequences for the health and wellbeing of those who experience it, as well as negative impacts on the community as a whole.

Hobart Respects All messages

The campaign is a call to action to stand against racist behaviour. Practical measures are outlined as follows:

  • As a bystander, you can send a clear message that racist behaviour is not okay. Depending on the situation, there are lots of ways to help.

Be there

  • Speak to, sit or stand next to the person being harassed to show you support them. You do not have to respond directly to the perpetrator, if that feels safer.

Report it

  • You can report racism or discrimination, wherever it happens, to Equal Opportunity Tasmania via their website.
  • If you're travelling on public transport, call on the driver to assist.
  • If the situation feels threatening, call for police assistance on 131 444. In life threatening or emergency situations call 000.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous you can alternatively call Crime Stoppers Tasmania on 1800 333 000 in non-emergency situations.

Call it out

  • If you feel it won't endanger you, tell the person who is being racist that they're out of line. Sometimes they'll back off. Or perhaps they'll reflect on what you've said later.

Use your power

  • If you take action, others may too. You'll never know how much your intervention could mean to someone who's being harassed.

Your contribution matters.


City of Hobart Multicultural Commitment 2021-23(PDF, 588KB)

City of Hobart Aboriginal Programs

The Tasmanian Multicultural Access Point

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre

Study Tasmania

Interpreter services

If you would like information from our website translated in to another language, telephone an interpreter on 13 14 50 and state the language you wish to speak.

Ask the interpreter to call us on 03 6238 2711.


As part of the development of Hobart Respects All, City of Hobart staff have been speaking to members of the community about their experiences of racism. Here are a few accounts that have been shared and that will be used as part of the campaign to explain the way it feels to be targeted in this way. If you have a story you'd like to share, get in touch.

"The lady next to me picked up her son and said, 'We're not sitting next to her'. However, another lady then sat next to me. She asked where I am from and struck up a conversation."
"Me and my son have been pointed at in the supermarket in Hobart by an older woman who loudly exclaimed, 'Look there's another one!' I wish someone had said something to her."
"A group of older teenagers came from behind me and flicked a party paper sword across my face. They continued to do it to the Asian people in front of me as well, an older man and lady. It was quite intimidating and terrorising but no one else seemed to notice."
"My son kindly offered a trolley to the lady behind us, who death-stared him and pointedly took a different trolley. Now he's getting called 'coronavirus' on the bus. The racism's never too far from the surface but lately it's not even a little bit hidden."