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Key Dates + Locations

22 March || Opening ReceptionAdelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street

23 March || Symposium 2018Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace


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