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The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is committed to promoting communities that are welcoming and inclusive of all who live in them.

As part of promoting inclusive and harmonious communities under the priorities of the Queensland Multicultural Policy, the Department engaged Welcoming Cities to explore leading practice in supporting local governments to create welcome and plan for new arrivals in regional areas.

Welcoming Cities’ work recognises that of all tiers of government, councils are best placed to understand the complexity and diversity of their communities.

Welcoming Cities, in partnership with the Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University, has developed the Planning for Welcoming and Inclusive Communities: Guidelines for Regional Growth. The Guidelines, funded by the Queensland Government, offer a practical resource for regional councils and their communities.

Designed to assist regional areas to attract, retain and support new arrivals into local communities, the Guidelines will continue to evolve and improve to meet local needs.

How to get involved

In 2020, Welcoming Cities will support interested Queensland Local Government Areas (LGAs) and regional stakeholders to apply the Guidelines.

Visit Welcoming Cities to learn more on how your region can benefit from the guidelines. 

Join the Multicultural Affairs mailing list to receive updated information on the department’s initiatives.