The Being Australian Social Inclusion Symposium 2017  will explore the need for better understanding, education, awareness and acceptance of our values as a community, a state and a nation through the lenses of reconciliation, immigration, an aging population and the rise of technology and digital engagement.

Over a half day, you'll hear from an impressive list of speakers who will share their knowledge, perspective and insight through inspirational keynote presentations, case studies and Q&A sessions. During lunch, there will be an interactive panel discussion to explore and support new ways of working toward social inclusion within our local communities. Panellists include experts from the Council for the Ageing, WA Council for Social Services, WA Youth Sector, Aboriginal Affairs and Multicultural Interests.  


  • Learn how to tackle emerging issues related to social inclusion within your local community
  • Discover new ways to engage and support social inclusion and the issues effecting your community
  • Understand the difference between multiculturalism and interculturalism
  • Build skills and gain practical knowledge to advocate within your community
  • Have an opportunity to contribute your perspective, challenges and ideas with others and take away knowledge that will contribute to community, harmony and sustainability
  • Network with like-minded professionals


  • To discuss established Australian values and determine their relevance for today and the future
  • To provide the community with the information, tools and ideas that will encourage and celebrate diversity and social inclusion
  • To review a draft Australian Standard framework to foster a sense of belonging for all
  • To help facilitate a dialogue towards a harmonious, socially cohesive society


The Symposium is a great opportunity for all members of the community, whether that be from local government or local community organisations or anyone who plays a part in developing and fostering community engagement and inclusion initiatives including:

  • Local Government Elected Members
  • Local Government Executives and Senior Administrators
  • Local Government Community Engagement Teams
  • Social Services sector employees
  • Members from CALD Communities
  • Academics

The Being Australian Social Inclusion Symposium 2017 is proudly supported by: