Creating cohesive, more inclusive communities

The public draft of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities will provide a best practice accreditation framework in cultural diversity and inclusion practices.

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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

  • 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
  • Welcoming Cities: creating cohesive, more inclusive communities
    1 March, 2017

Latest Resources

  • People On the Move: Global Migration's Impact and Opportunity
    16 December, 2016
  • What To Do If You Witness Public Harassment
    20 September, 2016
  • The Missing Migrants
    30 July, 2016

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

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