Inclusive Wangaratta Working Group

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Inclusive Wangaratta acknowledges our differences, challenges and strengths, and celebrates everything that makes us unique. We know that everyone experiences Wangaratta differently, and we want to make sure that we acknowledge that experience. 

Rural City of Wangaratta is looking for applications for the Inclusive Wangaratta Working Group. We are seeking input from people with a direct experience of diversity, including but not limited to age, gender, ability, cultural background, socio-economic background, religion or sexual identity.

Did you know:

• one in seven residents need help with their everyday activities

• 35% of the population report chronic health conditions

• 31% of our population is over 60

• 15.3% of people aged over 15 years provide unpaid caring work to a person who is elderly, has a disability, or has a long-term illness.

• Unpaid childcare is provided by 26.3% of our population, and over 7% provide care for children who are not their own.

• Family violence is the top criminal offence committed in our municipality.

• Rural City of Wangaratta is part of the most disadvantaged 39% of municipalities in Victoria.

• Disengagement with work grew from 2016 to 2021 as did the number of people employed part-time.

• Between 2016 and 2021, the population born overseas has increased to 9.1% of our population.

• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Residents make up 1.8% of our municipality's population, in line with the regional Victorian average.

How do you join?

The Rural City of Wangaratta is seeking expressions of interest from a diverse cross section of the community to develop our Inclusive Wangaratta Working Group. 

If you are interested in being a part of the group, please submit an application to including: 

  1. Your interest in diversity and inclusion.
  2. Your ability to bring a Wangaratta- wide perspective to the policy development process.
  3. Briefly, outline your lived experience with diversity, either directly or indirectly, i.e. through a workplace, community group, etc.


The anticipated time commitment will be:

  • June 2023 - Review of draft policy prior to the brainstorming session.
  • July 2023 – Attendance at 2 hour in-person brain-storming session at the Rural City of Wangaratta offices. Refreshments provided.
  • August 2023 - Review of the revised policy before being presented to Council
  • In addition the working group will have regular meetings every two months.


We are happy to accept applications that are emailed, hand written, by video or audio message. Please contact a Community and Recreation team member on 5722 0888 or on to discuss any specific accessibility needs that you may have.

Applications are due by 16 June 2023

Inclusive-Wangaratta-Working-Group-Terms-of-Reference.pdf(PDF, 222KB)