What kind of community do you want to live in?
What kind of community do you want to lead?
Diversity. It's in our DNA.
In 2018-2019, Australia became home to 249,700 migrants who became permanent residents.
Each person regardless of age, gender, nationality, religion, language or ethnicity needs the opportunity to feel part of their new community.
Wherever they live, the only way positive settlement experiences will happen for them and society, is to develop networks within their new communities - with people from different cultural backgrounds - Australian-born Anglo-Saxon people, Indigenous Australians, and other migrants. This is intercultural settlement.
Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and Asia all have different migration and national policy contexts. Multicultural, bicultural and assimilation are policies which shape and influence the ways our local communities live on a daily basis.
There are positives and negatives to all policies but what if there was a different way? One in which all people felt included? One in which all people are encouraged to get to know each other; to share experiences; to share ideas and create new products and services; to become friends with people outside their usual networks? One in which no-one felt that the policy was not about them?
What if relationships were facilitated at the local government level to reduce fear of each other, promote economic development, create friendships, meaningful interaction and improve harmony and social cohesion?
What if communities lived interculturally?