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Social Justice

Georges River Council's Social Justice Charter 2022-2026 (PDF) was established to support Council to drive social change and to improve the lives of those in our community by ensuring that everyone, including those experiencing disadvantage, can access pathways to exercise their human rights.

The Charter was developed in consultation with community reference groups, advisory committees, and community members of all ages.

On World Social Justice Day 2023, Georges River Council proudly announced the launch of our Social Justice Charter 2022-2026 and commenced consultation via vox pops, audio recordings, expressive badges, a yarning and weaving circle, and group brainstorming activities to help identify priority focus areas, goals and strategic approaches to achieve outcomes related to the four principles of the Charter: 

  • Participation.
  • Equity.
  • Respect.
  • Empowerment.

Community members suggested ways we can ensure that Council's policies, initiatives and events embody the principles of the Charter and effectively serve the needs of our community, especially vulnerable and marginalised community groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people with disability, seniors, children and young people.

From this community feedback, we identified five focus areas including:

  • Connected Communities.
  • Safe Places and Spaces.
  • Economic Empowerment.
  • Civic Participation.
  • Good Governance.

Our Social Justice Charter Plan outlines the ways in which Council aims to achieve our objectives within each of these focus areas. You can now find the Plan at the end of the Social Justice Charter.

If you would like to be involved in providing ongoing advice to guide Council’s work in championing social justice in the community, you may wish to join one of Council's community Advisory Committees.

Please download the Easy Read version of the Social Justice Charter (PDF) here or via the flip book below.


Advisory Committees 

Council’s Advisory Committees provide feedback and advice to Council on our policies, plans and services to better support our local community. Our Advisory Committees are voluntary and membership represents a broad range of community identities.

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