Welcome... the lower north shore of Sydney is a wonderful place to live.

North Sydney is a vibrant community with a major commercial centre surrounded by villages and neighbourhoods.

We celebrate community, harmony, respect and diversity. 

In 2016, 23% of people in North Sydney Council area, came from countries where English was not their first language.

North Sydney’s newest and fastest growing arrivals are from China, India, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, France and Iran. The increase from China, India, and the Philippines is consistent with Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. While we have a small number of humanitarian refugees, most of our new arrivals have immigrated under business, skilled migration or family visas, or are international students.


Services to our Multicultural Community during COVID19 (901KB)


Harmony Week

Harmony Week is celebrated each year in March.

It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians from diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds, united by a set of core Australian values, and it acknowledges the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Council partners with the Crows Nest Centre and Sydney Multicultural Services to celebrate with an exchange of food (participants contribute), stories and entertainment.


Refugee Week

Refugee Week is celebrated each year in June.

North Sydney Council area is one of the 143 Refugee Welcome zones in Australia. Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program account for up around 6.7% of all arrivals into Australia. In 2016-17 around 13,750 people arrived as refugees, around 18,750 in 2018-19.


Migrant Quick Reference Guide

The guide below contains useful information about services and multicultural support groups in the area.

Lower North Shore Migrant Services - quick reference guide (732KB)

下北岸 移民服务中心 简明参考指南 (Chinese) (1MB)

ロウワー・ノース・ショ 移民サービ スクイック・リファレンス・ガイド (Japanese) (1MB)

Servicios Para Inmigrantes Guia De Referencia Rapida (Spanish) (940KB)

로어 노스 쇼어 이민자 서비스 빠른 참조 안내서 (Korean) (1MB)

خدمات مهاجران لوئر نورث شور راهنمای مرجع خلاصه (Farsi) (1012KB)

If you require help with interpreting or translation, contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) 13 14 50 and ask for an interpreter in your language to contact North Sydney Council on 9936 8100. This is a free service for Council related enquiries (further details below).


Your Guide to Renting

Finding a place to rent is so important when you first arrive and there are many things to take into account when you become a tenant (a person who rents a property). Help with Housing for New Arrivals - your Guide to Renting (356KB) has practical tips to help you. At the start of every tenancy, the landlord or agent must give you a copy of a Fair Trading publication called the New tenant checklist (77KB). This fact sheet contains important information you should know before you sign a lease. Read the checklist carefully and ask your landlord or agent about anything you do not understand.

NSW Fair Trading has key Rent documents in Community Languages.


Your Path to Career Success

Your Path to Career Success: Tips for Migrants and Refugees to Find Work (2MB) gives practical advice, local contacts, resources and websites. The guide has a flowchart designed to take you through steps to find work with access to website links. A separate Flow Chart (806KB) with the full web addresses listed can also be printed.


Sydney MCS Settlement Program

Sydney Multicultural Community Services provide settlement services for newly arrived refugees and migrants. For further details and to find out what is available in the North Sydney area, contact or visit: Phone: 02 9955 3952 Email: Address: 96 Bank Street, North Sydney


Children's Services Guide

North Sydney Council produces a Children's Services Guide which is available with explanatory notes in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. For further details, go to the Children's Services webpage.



North Sydney Council is a proud supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission's Anti-Racisim Campaign: Racism - it Stops with Me and considers racism unacceptable in our society. If you suffer harassment or abuse based on race or religion there is support available. For further information contact either the Australian Human Rights Commission or the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.


LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Cultures

Rainbow Cultures is a new online directory for LGBTQIA+ multicultural community groups and services in NSW. The website was created by the community for the community, and in collaboration with ACON, ANTRA (Australia and New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance) and ConversAsians/SocialisAsians. For further information, go to the LGBTQIA+ webpage.


Problem Gambling

Multicultural Problem Gambling Service of NSW is a free and confidential service providing assessment and counselling for those at risk or already affected by problem gambling from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Phone: 02 8838 6206 business hours or for after hours 24hr/7day Gambling Help: 1800 858 858


TIS Translation Service

North Sydney Council has access to free phone and on-line services through TIS National when communicating with non-English speaking Australian citizens and permanent residents on matters such as rates, garbage collection, community support and planning and building permits. More information about procedures for accessing this service can be viewed on the TIS Information Sheet (69KB).


New Residents

Our New Residents webpage here contains links to useful information.


The Welcome Project

Some new arrivals to Australia may experience discrimination, isolation and fear for their safety. North Sydney Council coordinated the Welcome Project 2016 (1MB) which invited residents to send a "welcome" message to those who are new to our community. Here are a few of the messages:

  • I want everyone to be seen and accepted as equals, a community where everyone can stand up for themselves without fear, no matter what race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation.

  • I want the world to be a place where no one is judged by how they look or their background but instead by who they are on the inside.

  • I want to make our community more welcoming to the culturally diverse by showing support for their entrance upon our country and the lives they get here. This can be done through learning their languages and ways of life.

  • I want to see the community more culturally diverse and together through cultural music, art and food festivals.


Uluru Statement from the Heart Translations

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' is available in the below 'Related Documents' section in 10 different languages.

"Australia has always been a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-faith land and continues so today. In 2017, the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ was generously gifted to the Australian people – thus it is important that all Australians have access to such a document, written in their own language and offering all Australians a positive pathway for the future together."

Kerrie McKenzie OAM

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