Harmony Week is a time in which Australians honour cultural diversity.
Here at Santa Maria College, we celebrate inclusiveness, respect, and a sense of belonging, not just on this occasion, but every day in everything that we do.
From the traditional custodians of this land to those who have come from countries around the globe, we are proud of our culturally rich community.
This year, the ongoing theme for Harmony Week is ‘everyone belongs’. Australia’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It is the core of who we are and makes this country an extraordinary place to live.
In celebration of Harmony Week, here are some fascinating facts to get the conversation started:
- Almost half of all Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
- Since 1945, over 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
- More than 85% of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
- We identify with over 300 ancestries
- More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
- Aside from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
These statistics are from the ABS 2016 Census Data.