Who We Are

A global network of cities, shires, towns, and municipalities recognised for being welcoming and inclusive.


Welcoming Cities is a growing network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities committed to advancing communities where everyone can belong.

Membership of the Welcoming Cities network is a measurable step towards advancing communities where everyone can belong, contribute and thrive. Members join a network of local councils who are supported through:

    Knowledge Sharing

    Supporting local governments to access evidence-based research, resources, policies and case studies.

    Partnership Development

    Facilitating & resourcing multi-sector partnerships to maximise learning, reach and impact.

    Celebrating Success

    Recognising local governments that demonstrate leading practice and innovation in welcoming efforts.

    Standard + Accreditation

    Setting the National Standard for cultural diversity and inclusion policy and practice in Local Government.

    Membership Tiers

    Councils join at the Committed level, as either a Free or Premium member.

    How to Join Welcoming Cities

    • Contact Us

      • We’re happy to talk you through the process, assist with briefings and make a time to meet.
      • Contact details.

    • Commitment Form

    Welcoming International

    The world is on the move. Approximately 250 million people live outside their country of birth and make a disproportionately positive contribution to the communities they live in. Migrants represent 3.4 percent of the world’s population yet contribute 10 percent of global GDP.

    Welcoming Cities is a founding member of Welcoming International – a network of more than 200 cities and municipalities across Australia, New Zealand, North America, Germany and the United Kingdom.