Social Justice

What is a Social Justice Policy?

Social justice is about building a society that is based on the principle of fairness for all, that understands and values human rights, and that recognises the dignity of every person. The purpose of the Social Justice Policy is to provide guiding principles to support integrated and fair decisions and actions, particularly for individuals and groups that face barriers in accessing resources and opportunities.

Liverpool City Council's Social Justice Policy

Some individuals and groups face disadvantage and do not enjoy the same opportunities as others. Some factors that may cause this disadvantage include:

  • Race, ethnicity and religion

  • Age, gender and sexuality

  • Physical and psychological ability

  • Addiction and health

  • Education and employment

  • Housing and transport

  • Personal and community safety

  • Isolation and community networks

Local government has a key role to play in reducing this disadvantage and in creating a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community. Liverpool City Council has a long and rich history of actively working with the community towards social justice. Some of this work has been done directly, and some through advocacy and lobbying other levels of government.

The Liverpool City Council Social Justice Policy informs Council’s actions to ensure they support the community, facilitate access to opportunities and build a fair and sustainable Liverpool through the application of the following principles:

1. Access
2. Equity
3. Participation and Partnership
4. Human Rights
5. Recognition of Aboriginal Australians
6. Sustainability
7. Community Strengths
8. Safe and Healthy Communities
9. Evidence Based Approach

The Liverpool City Council Social Justice Policy was adopted by Council on 23 May 2011. To download, please click on Social Justice Policy.


For more information, please contact Council's Coordinator Community Planning on 9821 7784 or email