Building Tomorrow’s Communities

How do 537 municipal authorities across the country develop a reasonably consistent and planned response to migrant and refugee settlement?

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Welcoming Cities supports local councils and community leaders to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive. The Welcoming Cities network is built around:

Knowledge Sharing

Supporting local councils and communities to learn from each other and access resources, research, policies, and case studies.

Standard + Accreditation

Developing and accrediting The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities to benchmark policy and practice in cultural diversity and inclusion.

Partnership Development

 Brokering meaningful multi-sector partnerships that foster a sense of belonging and participation for all members of the community.

Celebrating Success

Showcasing leading practice through case studies and an award focused on responses by local government and communities to welcoming efforts.


Welcoming Works

Over the next 35 years, migration will drive economic and skills growth in Australia. Migrants will contribute $1.6 trillion dollars to Australia’s GDP, and 10 per cent more to the economy than existing residents.

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Latest Posts

  • Building Tomorrow’s Communities
    27 June, 2017
  • Welcome is Not a Dirty Word
    23 May, 2017
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield First South Australian Council to Join Welcoming Cities
    10 May, 2017

Latest Resources

  • The Role of Local Government in Settlement and Multiculturalism
    13 July, 2017
  • People On the Move: Global Migration's Impact and Opportunity
    16 December, 2016
  • What To Do If You Witness Public Harassment
    20 September, 2016

Welcoming Cities is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia in partnership with Welcoming America.

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