The Art of Welcome

The history of welcome in this country is rich and diverse but it is under threat. Hope can be found in the leadership of local councils across this nation.

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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.

Celebrating Success

Showcasing leading practice through case studies and a national award focused on responses by local government and communities to 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

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


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

  • The Art of Welcome
    9 August, 2017
  • Building Tomorrow’s Communities
    27 June, 2017
  • Welcome is Not a Dirty Word
    23 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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