Community inclusion overview

Developing vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities across NSW is a key strategic priority for the NSW Government. The Department of Communities and Justice supports this priority to enable and assist all people to be able to participate fully in social and economic life and achieve their full potential.

Research shows meaningful participation has been found to:

  • be good for the individual, with evidence showing that individuals who meaningfully participate are healthier, happier and enjoy increased likelihood of longevity
  • build social capital, thereby creating stronger, safer and more inclusive communities
  • create the necessary foundations for the cohesion needed to foster jobs growth and productivity resulting in economic benefits.

To achieve its vision, we work with and for different community cohorts by developing and implementing collaborative solutions that build on existing strengths and insights of the communities themselves.

Last updated:

12 May 2022

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future. 

Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.

You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.

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