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Welcoming Cities Symposium
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[ Register Now ]

Join government leaders (Local, State & Federal), peak bodies, NGO’s, researchers, and business innovators for the 3rd Welcoming Cities National Symposium.

Featuring international, national and local practitioners, policy-makers and civic leaders with a focus on advancing social cohesion and creating communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, economic, cultural and civic life.

Ticket price / registration includes:

  • Opening Reception at Adelaide Town Hall on the evening of 22nd March 2018
  • Full day Symposium at Adelaide Convention Centre (including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) on 23rd March 2018

[ Speakers ]

Meet some of our speakers and panellists

    Charlie Foran
    CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

      Mohamud Noor
      Executive Director, Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota

        June Rout
        Senior Advisor, Immigration New Zealand

          Jack Archer
          Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute

            Ahmed Dini
            Community leader, Somali and African Australian community

              Khadija Gbla
              Cultural Consultant

                Geraldine Chin Moody
                Apolitical Ambassador

                  Dr. Helen Barrie
                  Deputy Director, Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research

                    Sarah Janali
                    Team Leader Cultural Diversity & Community, City of Stirling

                      George Osborne
                      Economic Development Manager, Hume City Council

                        Mary Patetsos
                        Chair, FECCA

                          Jodie van Deventer
                          CEO, Committee for Adelaide

                            Mark Glazbrook
                            CEO, Migration Solutions

                              Magda Gamar
                              Representative (Tasmania), Youth Ambassadors Network

                              [ Program ]


                              Opening Reception

                              Welcome to Adelaide. All Symposium attendees are invited to celebrate the commencement of Symposium 2018. 5.45pm (for 6pm) Adelaide Town Hall, Banqueting Room 128 King William Street


                              Welcome to Symposium 2018

                              Welcome to Country
                              Welcome - Anthea Hancocks (Scanlon Foundation) & Tina Karanastasis (Welcome to Australia)
                              Opening - Lord Mayor Martin Haese, City of Adelaide

                              Keynote + Q&A

                              How to Think Post-Nationally

                              Cities, States, and the challenges of truly sharing spaces
                              The modern nation state is a fairly recent development.  Since its emergence a couple of centuries ago, it has been bound up, usually in an exclusionary manner, with a dominant identity, often based on ethnic or religious divides.  But with so many people on the move, and so many nation-states in crisis, what does nationhood, identity, even citizenship, look like into the future?  Are there better, fairer, more inclusive ways of thinking about belonging and community?   Will any such abstract conceptions withstand impact with hard present-day realities?

                              A talk by Charlie Foran, CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, followed by a Q&A.

                              Address + Q&A

                              Mohamud Noor

                              Executive Director of the Confederation of Somali Community (Minnesota, USA) will share his wealth of knowledge, and experience, of effective settlement and community change.

                              Morning Tea

                              Panel Discussion

                              What’s working (or not)? Migrant Perspectives on Welcoming and Inclusion

                              Panellists, including Ahmed Dini, Khadija Gbla And Magda Gamar will share:

                              • their story and experience of arriving and settling in Australia
                              • examples, of what’s working in migration and settlement
                              • what could be done better
                              Each panel will include a Q&A.

                              Panel Discussion

                              Local Government Approaches to Economic Development and Social Cohesion

                              Presenting and discussing localised approaches to economic development and social cohesion:

                              • George Osborne - Hume City Council
                              • Dr Helen Barrie - Australian Population and Migrant Research Centre
                              • Sarah Janali - City of Stirling

                              Lunch served

                              Lunchtime Address

                              Jodie van Deventer & Mark Glazbrook

                              Over lunch, CEO of Committee for Adelaide (Jodie van Deventer) and CEO of Migration Solutions (Mark Glazbrook) will present and discuss:

                              • specific population and economic challenges faced by Adelaide and South Australia;
                              • what’s working; and,
                              • what could be done better.

                              Panel Discussion

                              We Need to Be Welcoming

                              Presenting and discussing regional approaches to migration and inclusion:

                              • Jack Archer - Regional Australia Institute
                              • June Rout - Immigration New Zealand
                              • Kate O’Malley - Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative


                              Towards Better Government

                              Government plays a pivotal role in solving local and global challenges. How can we find and share what’s working and reduce duplication of effort?

                              Afternoon Tea


                              The Australian Standard

                              Launching the first public release of The Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities.


                              Closing Address

                              Mary Patetsos, Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), will share key observations and learnings from the Symposium and consider some possible next steps.


                              Event Close


                              Adelaide Convention Centre

                              North Terrace, Adelaide SA

                              More Information

                              [ Founders ]

                              Welcoming Cities is an independent initiative founded by the Scanlon Foundation and Welcome to Australia