Welcoming Cities Symposium 2018

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“Diversity is a reality. Inclusion is a choice.”

The bold statement on the Institute for Canadian Citizenship website encapsulates the challenge for policy-makers, civic leaders, governments, businesses and communities both locally and globally.

On 23 March 2018, Welcoming Cities will convene its third national symposium in the City of Adelaide. Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, will feature in a program that includes international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers and leaders. The Symposium will consider the challenge and benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion and leading practice in advancing social cohesion and creating communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic, cultural and civic life.

The Symposium will attract and benefit people from government (Local, State & Federal), peak bodies, NGOs, community services, universities, and businesses – who want to leverage the socioeconomic ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive.

Register for the event

View the program and speakers

Key dates:

  • 22 March 2018 – Opening Reception, Adelaide Town Hall
  • 23 March 2018 – Welcoming Cities Symposium 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre

Ticket price / registration includes:

  • Opening Reception at Adelaide Town Hall on the evening of 22nd March 2018
  • Full day Symposium at Adelaide Convention Centre (including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) on 23rd March 2018

Registration prices:

  • General Registration – $90 inc. GST (plus booking fee). From 29 January 2018.
  • Members / Supporters – $60 inc. GST (plus booking fee). Only available to official members and supporters of Welcoming Cities.

Established in late 2015, Welcoming Cities is an initiative of the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia. Over the past two years, Welcoming Cities has grown from an idea into a national initiative that seeks to support local councils and community leaders to leverage the ideas and innovation that come from being welcoming and inclusive. The scale and reach of Welcoming Cities has increased significantly, with a growing list of achievements:

  • 15 Local Government members
  • 85 Local Governments considering involvement in the network
  • 14 community supporters (including a number of peak bodies)
  • 2 national symposiums
  • The publishing of a leading handbook for local government, Local jobs for local people


For further information, please contact:

Aleem Ali
National Manager, Welcoming Cities