Who We Are

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


A network of cities and regions where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

Launched in early 2016, Welcoming Cities is a growing network of cities, shires, towns and municipalities committed to welcoming and inclusion. Just as fertile soil is needed for a seed to grow, a welcoming city fosters a culture and policy environment that makes it possible for people of all backgrounds to feel valued and to fully participate in social, civic, and economic life.

Local councils participate as members of the Welcoming Cities network, while community organisations, businesses and other government agencies can get involved as supporters. Both members and supporters access the key offerings of the network.


Our network includes a growing number of local councils (cities, shires, towns and municipalities) from across Australia.


A growing number of community organisations, businesses and other government agencies support the Welcoming Cities network.

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 part of a growing international movement. Our members are part of a network of more than 135 cities and municipalities across Australia, New Zealand, North America, Germany and the United Kingdom.