Celebrate Australia's cultural diversity

08 Mar, 2016

Join us in celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity this Harmony Day.

Harmony Day is held every year on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. It’s a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

‘Our diversity, our strength’ is the theme for 2016, and you can share your thoughts on how diversity makes our community stronger by using #harmonyday on social media.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells encouraged everyone to take part in the Harmony Day celebrations.

“By participating in Harmony Day, people can learn and build on their knowledge and understanding of the many cultures that make our nation great,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“Every day we continue to see the strength our cultural diversity brings across all aspects of society, and for Harmony Day we want people to come together with friends and families, at schools and universities, in the workplace and within communities to celebrate cultural diversity.”

To find out more about Harmony Week events running in Perth visit the Office of Multicultural Interests website here. (http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_events.cfm)

Facts and figures

There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity that can be good conversation-starters. 

Did you know:
  • around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
  • more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
  • apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
  • 92 per cent of Australians feel a great sense of belonging to our country

These facts are taken from ABS 2011 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website and the Mapping Social Cohesion National Report 2014 from the Scanlon Foundation website.
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