Putting Out The Welcome Mat

Bringing The Standard to life by celebrating and sharing a snapshot of the exceptional work delivered by local councils and their communities

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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 250 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.

Setting the Standard

The Welcoming Cities Standard 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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Welcoming Cities is an initiative of Welcoming Australia, supported by the Scanlon Foundation.

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A big thank you to St Columba College in Adelaide, mobilising their community to gather donations of support for newly arrived Afghan families.

To our friends in the Afghan diaspora - We are with you; you’re seen, supported and loved!

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