Ipswich City Council is committed to the continued development of an inclusive, harmonious, and cohesive community, and celebrates the rich multicultural diversity that the many cultures bring to this city.

Ipswich currently has 22,521 residents who speak a language other than English at home, and is home to migrants from 163 countries of origin, and over 152 different languages.

Council has committed to becoming a Welcoming City that celebrates culture and inclusion and ensures diverse voices are listened to and celebrated. Ipswich City Council is now one of 52 member councils across Australia sharing resources, and setting standards for inclusion in policy and practice in order to support a community. To create communities in which everyone can thrive, actively participate in civic life, increasing a sense of community belonging.

A Welcoming City aims to excel in inclusion in areas such as leadership; social and cultural inclusion; economic development; learning and skills development; civic participation and places and spaces.

View the signed Welcoming Cities Commitment (PDF, 64.7 KB).

Multicultural Services in Ipswich

Redbank Plains Community Centre is an initiative of Ipswich City Council and Queensland State Government. Redbank Plains Community Centre is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for all residents of Redbank Plains. The centre’s goal is to make a meaningful impact to the Redbank Plains community, through creating opportunities, by connecting services with the community, and developing a sense of welcome and belonging. For more information please call 0475 224 987.

SSI (previously known as Access Community Services Limited (Access)) is one of Australia’s leaders in settlement, employment, training and youth support services to migrants, refugees and mainstream clients. For more information visit Ssi.org.au/access-community

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) works to ensure all people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal access to services and can fully participate in all aspects of a cohesive and harmonious Queensland. This is achieved through a combination of targeted advocacy, representative and consultative functions and service development and delivery. For more information visit Eccq.com.au

For more local services visit Oneplace.org.au or Mycommunitydirectory.com