Hobart Welcomes All

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Hobart Welcomes All

Prior to colonisation, there were nine known Aboriginal nations with close to fifty family groups living across Tasmania. Tasmanian Aboriginal people, also known as Palawa people, represent the southernmost, oldest continuous culture in the world. Tasmanian Aboriginal people cared for land upon which Hobart was built, for more than 40 000 years. They were the first to welcome visitors to this place and we are proud to continue this tradition of welcome.

Here in Hobart, we aspire to be the most inclusive city in the world: a city that welcomes all

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At our best, Hobart is a place where we can be ourselves. Especially those of us who have moved from elsewhere have found peace in moving to Hobart. Hobart demands honesty and authenticity. Many of us love how Hobart is not an arrogant or pretentious city. It is the type of place where we can wear a black puffer jacket, affectionately known as the Tasmanian Tuxedo, out to dinner. - A Community Vision for our Island Capital, Identity Statement 3

Diversity in culture, nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, body, family, recreation, profession, personal strengths, income level, language, education, life experiences and more make up each of us and, together, make up our city. We recognise and embrace the rich complexity diversity brings to our lives — we are all part of creating Hobart's identity. - A Community Vision for our Island Capital, Pillar 2.2.3

Within the Hobart local government area, 1.4 per cent of residents identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 29 per cent of residents were born overseas and 46.7 per cent had one or both parents born overseas. Nearly half of us have strong links to another country, with more than 50 languages spoken within our municipality.

Wherever you come from, and whatever brings you here, we welcome you to our beautiful city of Hobart.

The City of Hobart encourages everyone to show respect and stand up to racism where it occurs. To learn more about how you can make a difference, see the Hobart Respects All campaign.

Multicultural Programs

The City of Hobart has been actively involved in the promotion and celebration of cultural diversity in the Hobart community for many years. The City continually strives to improve the wider community's awareness and understanding of the educational, social, economic and cultural benefits of cultural diversity and to mitigate the effects of racism and cultural isolation for multicultural communities in Hobart. As a proud member of the Welcoming Cities Network and a registered Refugee Welcome Zone, the City of Hobart is an active participant in regional and national networks.

The Multicultural Commitment 2021–23(PDF, 588KB) builds upon the work of the previous Multicultural Strategy 2015–19 and guides our work in supporting a welcoming, diverse City for all who live, study, work in or visit Hobart. Written in response to input from cultural leaders and community members, this commitment provides the City of Hobart and the community with a clearly defined action plan by which the City can continue to meet the needs and build the capacity of multicultural communities in Hobart.

Welcoming Cities

In 2019, the City of Hobart committed to participate in the Welcoming Cities Network, recognising that local governments that proactively foster an environment of belonging and participation for receiving communities, as well as new and emerging communities, increase their social cohesion, economic capability and resilience. Learn more on the Welcoming Cities website.


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