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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A network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic and civic life.

Welcoming Cities supports local councils 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.

Celebrating Success

Showcasing leading practice through case studies and a national award that acknowledges welcoming efforts.

Partnership Development

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

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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  • Symposium considers Australia’s distribution challenge
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  • City of Adelaide Becomes First Australian Capital City to Join National Welcoming Cities Network
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  • Welcoming Cities Symposium 2018
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Welcoming Cities is an independent initiative founded by the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia.

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