BENDIGO has been recognised as a Welcoming City - the first city to achieve the accreditation.
The standard benchmarks local councils on their cultural diversity and inclusion policies and practices.
Welcoming Cities Victorian coordinator Bel Schenk said Bendigo was not only the first Australian city to be able to say that, but the first in the world.
Leaders from Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services and Bendigo Community Health Services attended Wednesday's presentation outside Bendigo's Capital theatre.
The City of Greater Bendigo was assessed as 'advanced' in its efforts - a level above 'established', but not yet at the point of 'excelling'.
"Achieving accreditation as an 'advanced' Welcoming City is not easy and it highlights that the city is actively pursuing [its] vision to become the world's most liveable community," Welcoming Australia chief executive Aleem Ali said.
"It's something the City of Greater Bendigo should be really proud of and that all community members can own."
Both the standard and the accreditation process launched relatively recently.
Mr Ali said the City of Greater Bendigo was one of the first local councils to get involved.
Several other municipalities throughout both the state and the country were undergoing the accreditation process.
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann said the accreditation recognised the community's commitment to cultural diversity, Aboriginal reconciliation and social cohesion.
"It also highlights the contribution of our community agency partners and settlement services, who have and continue to assist the city to deliver actions in the Greater Bendigo Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan."
The accreditation comes about a year after the City of Greater Bendigo received a Victorian Multicultural Commission Award for Excellence for government and civic leadership.
Bendigo is among the 52 members of the Welcoming Cities Network.
"The City of Greater Bendigo continues to demonstrate significant leadership both as a member of the Welcoming Cities network and across local government in Australia," Mr Ali said.
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