Australian Government's Multicultural Statement
The Home Affairs Portfolio was established in December 2017. As a result of the supporting Machinery of Government changes, the multicultural affairs policy function has moved to the Department of Home Affairs. Details relating to these functions will be moved from this website to the Department of Home Affairs over coming months.
"Multicultural Australia - united, strong, successful"
Multicultural Australia – united, strong, successful is the Government’s public statement recommitting to multicultural Australia; setting both priorities and strategic directions for the coming years.
The Australian Government's Multicultural Statement document is now available.
Our Shared Stories
"Because of the change achieved in my own life, my journey has been about wanting to give back to my own people."
"We value our staff and commit to giving back to the community. It’s a meaningful and joyful thing to help others."
"I’m a very proud Australian-Serbian woman and I just wish every other Australian would meet as many people as they can from different backgrounds, because it makes for an incredible country.”
"Growing up in Australia post-war, I watched many migrants arrive and settle. I was staggered by the courage these ‘new Australians’ had, and the way they took the chance to provide a better life for their kids."
"Volunteering as an English teacher to other refugees has given me the chance to help others and contribute to Australian society. When my students see how much I love my job, they feel inspired to study. "
"We should all come together, Australians from all different backgrounds, to acknowledge how lucky we are to call Australia home – there’s no place in the world like it.”
"Growing up in Australia gave me a real sense of cultural diversity which really influenced my career path. I wanted to do something that could speak and relate to any and every culture."
Cricket community's story
“In Australia, it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like, you can fit in. Sport plays a big role in that.”
Facts and figures
There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity that can be good conversation-starters:
- nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
- we identify with about 300 ancestries
- since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
- 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
- apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
- more than 150 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.