Draft International Relations Policy

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Why review the City’s International Relations Policy

The current City of Greater Bendigo International Relations Policy was adopted in 2014. Since then, significant changes have taken place –there's an increasing internationalisation of the City of Greater Bendigo – including the City becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. This highlights the need to review the policy, so the community can maximise the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of international relationships.

The revised draft Draft International Relations Policy seeks to:

  • Provide greater clarity and consistency through the adoption of a set of guiding principles.

  • Improve targeting and selection of prospective international relations to ensure that the City receives clear benefits and value for money.

The revised Draft International Relations Policy has been developed after extensive stakeholder engagement and background research. This background research can be found in the Greater Bendigo International Relations Issues and Opportunities Research Paper

Community feedback on the Draft International Relations Policy has been received and will now be collated, analysed and used to inform the final draft. 


Frequently Asked Questions

The current International Relations Policy is due for review because significant changes have occurred since its adoption in December 2014. A new policy is required to provide greater clarity for Council when making decisions about current and future international relations.

  • To provide greater clarity to the City’s overall approach to international relationships

  • To improve targeting of international relationships to ensure that the City receives clear benefits and value for money

  • To provide greater consistency in the approach to future decision-making on international relationships through the adoption of a clear set of principles

  • Economic benefits include attracting and promoting trade and investment opportunities and attracting tourism by increasing global visibility and presence overseas

  • Educational benefits include student exchange, student placements, study tours, educational and industrial conferences and training

  • Social and cultural benefits include cultural exchange, sports and recreation, the arts and creative industries, food and music festivals, and preservation of cultural and heritage sites

  • Technical and scientific benefits include knowledge transfer, research and innovation collaboration, fact-finding-tours, industrial development and technology transfer

  • Environmental and sustainability benefits include promoting cooperation on environmental protection, wastewater management, climate change action, sustainable urban development, and biodiversity, habitats and ecosystems

  • Humanitarian benefits include support through capacity building, volunteering and community development

After Council adopts the revised International Relations Policy, a new set of internal City procedures for international relations will be developed. This will be followed by the development of an International Relations Strategy.

  • UNESCO Creative Cities Network, with Bendigo designated as a Creative City of Gastronomy recognising Greater Bendigo and the region in food and beverages, culture and sustainability

  • The Bendigo Art Gallery through a series of highly successful exhibitions in collaboration with major international galleries in the United Kingdom and the United States

  • Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee (established in 2006) - supporting local residents and organisations to develop relationships with the sub-district of Maubisse in Timor Leste and undertake community development work

Further information

For more information about the Draft International Relations Policy please call 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

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