17-23 March 2019
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Harmony Week, which will include 21 March 2019, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also known as Harmony Day. Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and it is at the heart of who we are. We should celebrate and work to maintain Australian multiculturalism.
Harmony Week is an opportunity to celebrate and maintain an integrated multicultural Australia. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.
Some statistics about Australia’s diversity:
- More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
- Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia today are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
- Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
- We identify with over 300 ancestries.
- Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
- 85% of Australians agree that multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
To find out more, follow this link to the Harmony Week website: Harmony Week
Author: Jessie Marcotte