Building Social Cohesion in our Communities

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Building Social Cohesion in our Communities aims to support local governments to build strong, socially cohesive communities by:

  • Understanding their communities and measure their strengths and weaknesses
  • Engaging their communities and build partnerships between key stakeholders
  • Preventing and responding to incidents of racism or conflict between groups if they arise
  • Strategically planning for the needs of their communities now and into the future
  • Monitoring, evaluating and sharing outcomes.

The resource is structured around the five elements of building social cohesion based on international best practice. It features case studies from local governments around Australia, tips for implementing good practice at the local level and links to useful resources.

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Building Social Cohesion in our Communities was developed by the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.