Australia is one of the most successful multicultural nations in the world.  The seamless integration of migrants and refugees over many generations and extension of the concept of ‘fair go’ to new groups are the country’s greatest achievements.  Despite existence of vestiges of racism and discrimination sometimes resulting in a lack of equitable access to opportunities for some, Australia has a strong commitment to the equal participation of diverse groups, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people living with a disability, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities.  But more can be done, and it is important to ensure there is continuing respect and opportunities for all.

The 2nd National Advancing Community Cohesion Conference is a national forum for Australian and international participants to examine contemporary challenges confronting cohesion, inclusion and resilience in diverse, multicultural communities, and explore ways to more effectively address them.   Decision-makers, thought leaders and practitioners including from government, academia and think tanks, civil society (including migrant and refugee settlement and advocacy, religious and sporting organisations) and the private sector will gather to address relevant issues from social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, sporting and other dimensions and perspectives.

The Conference will be of benefit to anyone interested in the social cohesion space.

Participants are expected from:

  • civil society including from migrant and refugee settlement and advocacy, religious and sporting organisations;
  • federal, state and local governments and agencies;
  • universities, think-tanks and research institutions;
  • the private sector.

The sharing of expertise, experiences and lessons learned during the Conference will:

  • help to inform the ongoing work of participants; and
  • contribute to policies and strategies at national, state and local levels.

Practical workshops will help strengthen knowledge and practical skills of those working with communities.

Participants will also have ample opportunities to build contacts and networks and facilitate partnerships and collaboration to benefit their work.   

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