Ballarat’s ongoing work to make the city a more culturally diverse and welcoming place has resulted in it becoming the first city in Australia to join the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network.


Membership of the Intercultural Cities Network brings a number of benefits including access to information on proven approaches that help translate increasing levels of cultural diversity into economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits.


The City of Ballarat’s overall ‘Index Results’:

  • saw it ranked 4th in the world with an average of 84% among the global sample of 80 cities;
  • ranked 2nd in the world among cities with less than 200,000 inhabitants;
  • ranked first in the world among cities with less than 15% of foreign born residents