Welcoming Cities recognises that, of all tiers of government, local councils are best placed to understand the complexity and diversity of their communities. However, they often engage in this work with limited resources and support.

By participating in a community of like-minded Local Government, participating councils have the opportunity to engage in:

a) Sharing Knowledge

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

b) Partnership Development

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

c) Celebrating Success

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

d) Standard + Accreditation

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

Membership of the Welcoming Cities network is a measurable step towards becoming a thriving community. All that’s required to join is a signature and commitment from the Council’s Mayor or CEO. Throughout, Welcoming Cities provides promotional and communications support to help its members tell their story of success and demonstrate their commitment to their communities.