Australian Standard

On March 23, version 2.0 of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities was launched. It sets the National Standard for cultural diversity and inclusion policy and practice in Local Government – helping to create communities where everyone can belong.

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Supporting local governments to advance communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

Welcoming Cities is part of a growing network of more than 135 municipalities around the world. The network is built around:

Knowledge Sharing

Supporting local governments to access evidence-based research, resources, policies and case studies.

Celebrating Success

Recognising local governments that demonstrate leading practice and innovation in welcoming efforts.

Partnership Development

 Facilitating & resourcing multi-sector partnerships to maximise learning, reach and impact.

Standard + Accreditation

Setting the National Standard for cultural diversity and inclusion policy and practice in local government.


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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  • Australia’s Immigration Solution: Small-Town Living
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Welcoming Cities is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia.

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