A non-partisan movement and organisation committed to cultivating a culture of welcome and advancing an Australia where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to  belong, contribute and thrive.

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Our Future

A welcoming Australia where all people can belong, contribute and thrive.

Our Purpose

Cultivating a culture of welcome.

Our Statement

Stronger together.

Our Challenge and Opportunity

The benefits of migration, cultural diversity and social cohesion are not being enjoyed by all.

  1. First Nations across Australia represent more than 250 language groups and the oldest continuous culture, yet they struggle for recognition and treaty.
  2. The majority of Australians have a migrant story, yet there are growing tensions and cultural divides.
  3. Population and economic distribution is polarised, with communities experiencing either rapid growth, or stagnation and decline.
  4. Growing polarisation, reinforced stereotypes and working in silos (as opposed to intersectional approaches) is failing to address the complexity of social, cultural, economic and ecological issues.
  5. Many institutions, communities and individuals lack the knowledge and resources to cultivate a culture of welcome.
  6. Migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum often require additional support to participate effectively in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

 

Our Focus

  • Migration and social cohesion (including regional population and economic growth)
  • Sports inclusion for recently arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum (inc. young people living with a disability)
  • Intercultural mentoring and youth leadership
  • Support and pathways for refugee families, people seeking asylum, and recently arrived migrants to access essential services and to build community connections
  • Campaigns and events that advance welcoming and inclusion work

Our Strategies

Mobilise the Public
Engage individuals, communities and institutions in campaigns and events that cultivate a culture of welcome.

Change the Conversation
Create opportunities to influence the media and political discourse with a positive voice that celebrates diversity, humanises the debate and amplifies diverse and inclusive voices.

Enable Participation
Create pathways for receiving and migrant communities to engage in welcoming and inclusion and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

Share Knowledge
Facilitate access to evidence-based research, resources, policies and case studies.

Build Partnerships
Grow multi-sector partnerships to maximise learning, reach and impact.

Celebrate Success
Showcase stories and activities that transform narratives and advance welcoming and inclusion efforts.

Set the Standard
Establish the benchmarks and standards for welcoming and inclusion policy and practice.

Our Approach

Positivity
Our positive approach contributes warmth and respect to a polarised public debate. We refuse to engage in divisive politics and a left-right binary. We call for genuine unity, appealing to the fair and compassionate nature of Australians. We encourage and call out the best in who we are and can be.

Relationships
We strive to change hearts and minds, rather than win arguments. By creating and encouraging personal encounters between Australians and newcomers, we foster human connections that shape our community into one where we are all equally valued. We avoid duplication and working in silos. Instead, we pursue a coordinated whole-of-community approach.

Honesty
We understand that to create a safe space for sharing and connection we must first be trusted. Openness and generosity are at the heart of all we do. Our purpose and intentions are clear, and our actions align with our values. We take the responsibilities of our role seriously and always strive to deliver on our word.

Change
We facilitate cultural change at all levels of society by shifting Australians’ views on migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum. We drive, motivate and encourage action, as we are determined to be an authentic force for good in the world.

The Change We Seek

Cultural
A growing movement of Australians are mobilised to cultivate a culture of welcome.

  • Policy and public discourse is characterised by welcoming and inclusive language
  • Leaders champion diversity and model a welcoming Australia
  • Diverse voices are amplified in all sections of society including media, civil society, government and business

Institutional
Institutions and agencies have comprehensive plans and active messaging for welcoming and inclusion in policy, community engagement and economic development approaches.

  • Welcoming and inclusion is prioritised in policy and practice.
  • Governments, sporting and cultural bodies, businesses, and community agencies have an articulatedcase, networks and resources that facilitate effective planning for migration, settlement, cultural diversity and inclusion.
  • Locally-led, whole-of-community approaches and strategies achieve better outcomes in social cohesion, cultural expression, economic engagement and civic participation.

Community
Receiving communities are welcoming and inclusive and migrant communities have a sense of value and belonging.

  • Receiving communities have supported opportunities to actively welcome and engage migrant communities.
  • Migrant communities have equitable access to community services and assets.
  • Social networks share positive stories and examples of welcoming and inclusion.

Individual
People have a sense of belonging and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

  • Leaders and influencers from both receiving and migrant communities value welcoming and inclusion and are supported to make change.
  • Individuals from both receiving and migrant communities recognise their role in welcoming and inclusion and access opportunities to actively participate in community life.