National Harmony Day, Monday 21st March 2016

Next Monday, 21st March, is National Harmony Day – a day to celebrate cultural diversity in Australia.


You can read some information about Harmony Day below, or head to the government website at to learn how you can celebrate Australia’s diversity this National Harmony Day.


Harmony Day is held every year on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. It’s a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

There are also educational resources available for teachers and students to celebrate Harmony Day in schools.

Facts and figures

There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity that can be good conversation-starters. Did you know:

  • around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
  • apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi
  • more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
  • 92 per cent of Australians feel a great sense of belonging to our country?

These facts are taken from ABS 2011 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website and the Mapping Social Cohesion National Report 2014 from the Scanlon Foundation website.


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