Sister Cities

Since 2000, Latrobe City Council has committed to an International Relations Program for our community, for the purpose of international exchange and cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, cultural exchange, education, sports, health and people.

The Latrobe City International Relations Plan focuses on developing our existing Sister City relationships with Takasago, Japan and Taizhou, China for the benefit of our city. We also organise a wide-range of activities engaging our community through the International Relations Program, aimed at maintaining social harmony, enriching cultural life and generating continued prosperity. 

Sister Cities

We have established and managed formal Sister City Relationships with Takasago City, Japan and the City of Taizhou, China. From these relationships we gain a deeper understanding of each other's culture, traditions, society and people. 

2019/2020 Takasago Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) Program

Would you like to teach English in Latrobe City’s Sister City, Takasago in Japan? Applications are now open for the 2019/2020 Takasago Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) Program.

This fantastic personal development experience is fully funded by the City of Takasago and presents a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you are under 40 years of age, live in, or have strong links to, Latrobe City and hold a tertiary qualification, why not apply?

Host Families

Latrobe City Council will be hosting a Takasago delegation of 10 (age from 25 to 62). The group is coming to support the Sister Cities Festival 2018 which will be held on Friday 9 November.

We are looking for families who would be interested in hosting a Japanese delegate/s for 3 nights, Thursday 8 – 10 November (Arriving on 8 November and Leaving on 11 November). We are also seeking one home which is wheelchair friendly.

This is a wonderful opportunity if you have space in your home, would like to meet new people and share our culture.

Requirements of host families for the Japanese Delegation 8 – 11 November


  • Thursday 8 November, pick up the Japanese  delegate/s from Latrobe City HQ at about 5pm (the delegation will travel from Melbourne airport to Latrobe City)
  • Friday 9 November,  drop off the Japanese delegate/s at Latrobe City HQ at 9am; Pick up form Moe Botanic gardens any time after 8.30 pm  (the delegation will participate in the 2018 Sister Cities Festival at the Moe Botanic Gardens, you are also welcome to attend the event)
  • Sunday 11 November, drop off the Japanese delegate/s at Latrobe City HQ  at 10am


  • Breakfast on 9th , 10th and 11th November
  • Lunch and dinner on the 10th November


  • A clean room

Weekend activities

  • Saturday 10 November, the Japanese delegate/s will spend a day with the host family


  • Most delegates are able to communicate in basic English

Latrobe city plans to organise a welcome /or farewell party for the delegation, host families will be invited. More detailed information will be provided when the itinerary is finalised.

For further information or to express your interest in hosting a delegate please contact Jie Liu, International Engagement and Investment Officer via email or phone 03 5128 5624. 

Latrobe City International Relations Plan

The Latrobe City International Relations Plan 2011-2014(PDF, 2MB) utilises the past achievements and experiences and provides guidance on how we can continually contribute to the ongoing education for the community, by meeting the goals of Federal and State Governments.  Our international relationships have matured and now present further opportunities to realise the true benefits for individuals, the community and the region. 

International Relations Committee

We have facilitated an International Relations Committee comprising of Councillors, Council officers, key industry stakeholders and members of the community since 2000.

Sister Schools Relationships

We are currently working with and will continue to support local educational institutions maintain, develop and establish Sister School Relationships  with schools in our Sister Cities and beyond.

Sister Cities Australia

Latrobe City Council supports the establishment of formal relationships between cities throughout the world, under the auspices of the Sister Cities movement. We are an active member of Sister Cities Australia and endorse the association’s aims and objectives. Latrobe City’s Sister Cities program is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and this has been demonstrated through a number of National Awards.

  • 2003 Best Display Award
  • 2004 Youth Project Award
  • 2004 Community Involvment Award
  • 2005 Hosted the Sister City Conference
  • 2006 Best Display Award
  • 2007 Commerce/Industry Award
  • 2008 Youth Project Award
  • 2008 Bet Display Award
  • 2010 Best Overall Program Award
  • 2012 Youth Project Award
  • 2013 Youth Project Award
  • 2014 Friendship City for Exchanges and Cooperation with China

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