Did you know around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was? Harmony Week creates an opportunity to think, talk about and recognise how our differences and our similarities make our workplace and communities stronger.
Did you know Harmony Week originated in WA?
It began as 'Harmony Day', taking place on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In 2003 the WA Government expanded it to develop Harmony Week and in 2020 it became a national celebration across Australia for the very first time.
Did you know that WA is one of Australia’s most culturally diverse states?
- The 2016 census showed that one-third (32.2 per cent) of us are born overseas—that’s the highest percentage of the population for any Australian State or Territory.
- Among those born overseas, people from non-main English-speaking countries (410,291) outnumbered those from main English speaking countries (387,423) for the first time since the Census began in Western Australia.
Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
How can I get involved?
Relationships Australia WA celebrates the strength of our diverse communities and also acknowledges and respect the cultural, spiritual and economic sovereignty of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the traditional custodians of the land on which we all live.
You may choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show your support for cultural diversity and inclusiveness.
Bringing communities together through sport, food, music and entertainment plays an important role in promoting our cultural diversity. It creates an opportunity to think, talk about and recognise how our differences and our similarities make Australia a great place to live.
More ideas for celebrating Harmony Week and a list of WA events can be found by clicking here.