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What is ICANN?

ICANN is one of nine national networks of the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities (ICC) program. It promotes intercultural policy and practice in local and other government authorities in Australia, supports Australian cities to implement intercultural policies and practices and disseminates information and resources from ICC to its members.

Membership of ICANN:

Join the movement

ICANN membership is open to Australian cities interested in adopting intercultural approaches, representatives from all levels of government, not for profit community-based organisations, academics and Council of Europe’s ICC network members. Whether you're a policymaker, practitioner, researcher, or advocate for interculturalism, join us in shaping a future where communities thrive through intercultural innovation.


Embark on this transformative journey with the Intercultural Cities Australian National Network. Let's build a future where diversity is celebrated, connections are forged, and cultural knows no bounds. Together, we are the architects of a more inclusive and harmonious tomorrow.

What are the objectives?

  • Provide a forum for peer support and information exchange among Australian intercultural cities

  • Support Australian cities to adopt and develop intercultural policies, including by providing briefings on the intercultural approach to elected officials and assisting policymakers to develop intercultural strategies

  • Represent Australian intercultural cities as a group within the Council of Europe's Intercultural Cities Programme

  • Develop a ‘critical mass’ of intercultural cities in Australia by growing Australian membership of ICANN

  • Foster communication and collaboration between Australian and international intercultural cities which encourages further development of intercultural policies and practices

  • Promote the intercultural cities approach in public forums in Australia.

Who can join?

  • Cities interested in adopting intercultural approaches without becoming a member of the ICC

  • Councils staff, elected members and volunteers involved with diversity and inclusion, economic development, sport and rec, libraries, parks and open space, community facilities, any resident-facing role where you can influence how people interact and how your community can become more inclusive and cohesive

  • Representatives from across all levels of government

  • Practitioners and policymakers advocating for interculturalism

  • Intercultural and cultural diversity researchers

  • Cities interested in becoming members of the ICC network

  • Members of the Council of Europe’s ICC network

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