ECCV encourages public comment on draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is encouraging people from Victoria’s diverse ethnic and multicultural communities to provide public comment on the draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities.

ECCV Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, said the draft – launched on the March 1, 2017 at the Second National Welcoming Cities Symposium in Melbourne – was an “outstanding document that has the real potential to promote greater diversity and inclusion practices for Australian local councils”.

“Deloitte Australia was engaged by Welcome to Australia and the Scanlon Foundation to develop the draft to provide a best practice accreditation framework in inclusion and diversity practices for local councils,” Mr Micallef said.

“The draft Standard - which was launched at the Symposium which ECCV representatives, along with myself attended - aims to enable local councils to benchmark their cultural diversity and inclusion policies; identify where and how further efforts could be directed; and access progress over time.

“It is obvious that there are many local councils throughout Victoria that are already doing important work in these areas, but the great thing about the draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities is that it provides an invaluable tool by which councils can measure and access their progress in these areas,” Mr Micallef said.

“Local councils are ideally placed to work with community agencies and businesses to benefit from the innovation and ideas that come from a council that is welcoming and inclusive.

 “If we have the right policies and programs in place at a local level, then the opportunity for new community members to effectively contribute to their communities will be significantly enhanced.

“The whole ethos of Welcoming Cities, and the draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities, is to identify the many ways in which local councils, civic organisations and local businesses, can promote a greater sense of social cohesion and inclusiveness,” Mr Micallef said.

“I would like to commend Welcoming Cities for this outstanding initiative, and encourage people to provide public comment on the draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities.”

The draft Australian Standard for Welcoming Cities will soon be launched on the Welcoming Cities website at: www.welcoming

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