Objectives

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 over 250 Australian and international participants to explore the challenges confronting community cohesion and resilience, and ways to effectively address them.  The Conference will consider these challenges and potential answers to them from social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual / gender identity dimensions and perspectives.

The Conference will be of benefit to those work is related to, or those interested in, the social cohesion space.

Participants are expected from:

  • federal and state governments and agencies;
  • universities, think-tanks and research institutions;
  • civil society and non-government organisations;
  • the private sector;
  • religious organisations; and
  • international agencies.

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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