Welcoming Australia Symposium 2024

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The Welcoming Australia Symposium 2024 was our most successful yet. With over 250 people in person and over 80 online attendees. The speakers were amazing, and the care taken to honour each individual, honesty and intelligence, and academic and emotional intelligence, far exceeded my expectations. Feeling very grateful.  Participant Over … Read More

‘Belonging is our next step’: Reflections from rural leaders on building welcoming communities in the U.S. & Australia

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Around the world, immigrants and refugees come to different countries searching for education, employment, safety, and ultimately, to be part of a thriving community. Many newcomers follow the steady employment, reasonable cost of living, and opportunities for social cohesion that can be found in smaller cities and rural areas. As … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 5

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Ideas for building a culture of welcome, Volume 5 Each year case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils are collected and compiled in this series. They offer examples of programs, policy shifts, new initiatives and strategic collaborations that highlight the excellent work happening in the country. As Welcoming … Read More

Inclusion Guidelines For Public Aquatic Facilities

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Inclusion Guidelines for public aquatic facilities – how local governments and private operators in Australia can create welcoming and inclusive aquatic facilities for all.  Inclusion Guidelines for public aquatic facilities is for local government workers who have carriage over aquatic facilities and for private operators who lease the facilities from … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change 2024

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The Welcoming Cities Awards for Change recognise the progress that strengthens social cohesion with newly arrived and receiving communities to ensure everyone has a chance to participate, belong and thrive.  These awards celebrate leading practice and innovation in advancing welcoming and inclusive communities.   There are three categories: Local Government – Wollongong City Council Wollongong City Council recognises … Read More

Wollongong City Council, NSW

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Approximate population 215,00021% overseas born16% use a language other than English at home3.2% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Wollongong City Council recognised that as a city with almost 60 kilometres of coastline it has an important role in ensuring the safety of multicultural communities in the water. They actively partner … Read More

Ellen Han

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Ellen Han

Ellen Han is a Community Development Officer at Logan City Council in Queensland. Ellen is an empathic and dedicated community development practitioner, who creates connections and builds community. She is committed to serving her community and was instrumental in Logan City Council achieving Advanced Welcoming Cities accreditation in 2023. Ellen … Read More

Expand Your Library

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Expand Your Library seeks to inspire and educate young ones through diverse literature, visual materials and immersive workshops. They believe in promoting diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of life, including children’s education, creating allies in the next generation. Expand Your Library is the 2024 winner of the Welcoming Awards … Read More

Welcoming Australia Symposium 2023

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Group photo of the attendees at the 2023 Welcoming Australia Symposium outside the event venue

The Welcoming Australia Symposium 2023 was our most successful yet. With over 250 people in person and over 70 online attendees. Over two days, the Welcoming Australia Symposium featured inspiring speakers on the power of place based organisation to increase belonging in Australia.participants were challenged, motivated and energised to return … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change 2023

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The awards, in their second year, have grown in both quantity and quality. Thank you to all the people and organisation who took the time to apply, you made the judging panel’s life exceedingly difficult! The Welcoming Cities Awards for Change recognise the progress that strengthens social cohesion with newly arrived and … Read More

Stories of Welcome – Volume 4

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Strategies and case studies for building a Welcoming City Stories of Welcome is a growing collection of case studies from some of Welcoming Cities’ member councils, offering a brief example of some of the great work that is happening in communities across Australia. Volume 4 shares 10 case studies from … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change – Local Government Category – City of Melbourne

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Commitment to action for Victoria’s international students City of Melbourne, VICApproximate population 154,00055% overseas born0.5% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Through advocacy, strong messaging and essential support initiatives, the City of Melbourne brought the international student population back to 92% of pre-pandemic levels, helping the City to become more energised … Read More

The Welcoming Cities Award – Sarah Janali

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Sarah Janali and Ken Dachi share the inaugural Welcoming Cities Award, given to outstanding individuals in the sector. This award recognises those who go above and beyond to cultivate a culture of welcome and inclusivity in their communities.  Sarah Janali Sarah Janali is a community development practitioner with more than … Read More

Welcoming Cities Award – Ken Dachi

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Sarah Janali and Ken Dachi share the inaugural Welcoming Cities Award, given to outstanding individuals in the sector. This award recognises those who go above and beyond to cultivate a culture of welcome and inclusivity in their communities.  Ken Dachi, Multicultural Affairs Advisor and Program Coordinator at Leeton Shire Council … Read More

Welcoming Cities Awards for Change – organisation, Your Community Health

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Your Community Health Your Community Health is in the City of Darebin, Vic Approximate population 150,000 31% overseas born 1% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander To decrease food insecurity and increase meaningful connection among Arabic-speaking communities, they delivered Rebuilding Together – Community, Cooking and Connection Project in partnership with Victorian … Read More

Rural Welcoming Communities Exchange Program 2023.

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From the 25 – 30 April eight Australian representatives from rural councils across the country will join colleagues from rural councils across America for the Rural Welcoming Communities Exchange Program (RWCE). The exchange experience will be based in California and the group will attend conference sessions discussing different perspectives on … Read More

Empowering diverse communities to represent in local government decision-making

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Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania  Approximate population 51,000  22% overseas born  5.4% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  As part of a push to ensure elected members of Glenorchy City Council reflect the diversity of the community, Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCoT) and the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) partnered with the council … Read More