Building Social Cohesion in our Communities goes live

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Building Social Cohesion in our Communities goes live

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ACLEG has just released a new online resource for local government which provides the sector with a practical approach to develop strong, socially cohesive communities. 

Building Social Cohesion in our Communities is the first sector-specific resource to focus on social cohesion, supported by a strong evidence-base of current, validated research and local government case studies.  It was developed for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National Anti-Racism Strategy.

This resource is especially important in the context of ACELG’s recent research Why Local Government Matters which found:

  • Local governments matter because of their role as ‘place-shapers’ and their importance in meeting the needs that most drive people’s attachment to, and satisfaction with, the area in which they live
  • Overall, most Australians feel their sense of identity and emotional wellbeing are supported by the attributes of the local area in which they live
  • A supportive and cohesive community is rated as extremely or very important by 64 per cent of Australians
  • Australians overwhelmingly want their governments to play a role in providing many of the services the community needs, with 93 per cent of respondents agreeing with this proposition.

National launch

The online resource was launched by Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in Canberra on 17 June 2015 and will be progressively launched in other states and territories over the next few months.

About the resource

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This highly interactive resource is structured around the five elements of building social cohesion based on international best practice. It features case studies from local government areas around Australia, tips for implementing good practice at the local level and links to further resources.

This free resource is available at

See more about the background and read a summary document at:

How you can contribute

Many local government practitioners contributed to the content (especially the case studies) and review of the resource. We are now creating a community of practice around social cohesion and would welcome any ideas for local government case studies.

Please contact us at [email protected]

Upcoming state and territory launch dates

NSW – Seminar at ACELG presented by Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane and Director of ACELG, Associate Professor Roberta Ryan on Thursday 30 July 2015 5pm-7pm. RSVP here


SallyAnn Hunting is an Associate of UTS and lead author of the online resource.