Multicultural diversity’s key to nation’s success

HARMONY Week is a celebration of Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

It will be celebrated Monday to Sunday, March 18-24, and includes March 21, which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.
Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.
Since 1999, more than 80,000 events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.
So, let’s come together with friends and family and through schools, workplaces and our wider communities to celebrate our diversity.
Getting involved can be as simple as hosting an event or attending a local celebration, with ‘orange’ the colour representing Harmony Week.
Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
Wear something orange during Harmony Week to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country from the oldest continuous living culture of our first Australians, to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.
Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are, making Australia a great place to live.
An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.