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.
Some individuals and groups face disadvantage and do not enjoy the same opportunities as others. Some factors that may cause this disadvantage include race, religion, age, gender, sexuality, physical and psychological ability, education, employment, isolation and community networks.
Consideration of social justice principles by councils are set out in Section 8A of the Local Government Act 1993. 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 this. Some of this work has been done directly with the community and some through advocacy and lobbying other levels of government.
The purpose of the Liverpool City Council's Social Justice Policy is to provide guiding principles to support integrated and fair decisions and actions. These principles are:
- Participation and Partnership
- Human Rights
- Recognition of Aboriginal Australians
- Community Strengths
- Safe and Healthy Communities
- Evidence Based Approach
Manager, Community Development and Planning.