Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse society. This cultural diversity is a key part of our national identity. According to the 2001 Census:
- 23 per cent of Australians were born overseas
- an additional 20 per cent had at least one parent born overseas
- we speak about 200 languages, and practise a wide variety of religions.
The government’s cultural diversity policy and programmes seek to maximise the social and economic benefits to all Australians.
Multicultural Australia: United in Diversity (May 2003), is the Australian Government’s key statement on cultural diversity policy. It updates the 1999 New Agenda for Multicultural Australia, reaffirms its fundamental principles and sets strategic directions for 2003-2006 with an emphasis on community harmony.
A revised policy statement is expected to be released soon.
See: Multicultural Australia: United in Diversity (PDF, 522kB)
This area is for people considering migrating to Australia.
An introduction to Australia including, what should I know about Australian laws, values and customs.
What are the opportunities for settling outside the major cities?
How do many cultures live together in Australia?
What issues do I need to consider before applying to migrate?
What do I need to do before leaving and when I arrive in Australia?
How do I apply for a visa?
Productive Diversity Strategy
The Productive Diversity Strategy is a key element of the Government’s multicultural policy. It aims to maximise the economic benefits of language and cultural diversity in Australia’s workforce. The ‘Diversity Works!’ program puts the strategy into practice. The program provides business and educators with practical tools and case studies showing the advantages of diversity.
The ‘Diversity Works!’ program promotes the economic and social benefits of our cultural and language diversity for business, regional areas and all Australians.
See: Diversity Australia
The Strength in Diversity Award is one of the Australian Government’s National Awards for Local Government. DIAC sponsors this award and DOTAR coordinates and presents it. The award recognises local councils’ sucess in finding better ways to deliver services and develop local solutions for our culturally diverse population.
See: Strength in Diversity Award
Local government is one of the strategic focuses of the Australian Government’s key multicultural policy document.
See: Local Government