‘Australiens befolkning – Australiens flerkulturpolitik’ blev lanceret den 16. februar 2011. Den viser, at den australske regering er opmærksom på og anerkender vigtigheden af, at Australien er en kulturelt mangfoldig og en socialt sammenhængende nation.
Multicultural is a term that describes the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australian society. Cultural and linguistic diversity was a feature of life for the first Australians, well before European settlement. It remains a feature of modern Australian life, and it continues to give us distinct social, cultural and economic advantages.
Australia’s multicultural policy, The People of Australia, was launched in Sydney on 16 February 2011. It is a landmark policy that demonstrates the government’s unwavering commitment to a multicultural Australia. As the policy states, our multicultural composition is at the heart of Australia’s national identity and intrinsic to our history and character.
The policy embraces our shared values and cultural traditions. It recognises our rights and responsibilities as enshrined in our citizenship pledge and supports the rights of all Australians to celebrate, practise and maintain their cultural heritage, traditions and language within the law and free from discrimination.
Australia’s multicultural policy acknowledges that government services and programs must be responsive to the needs of our culturally diverse communities. It commits to an access and equity framework to ensure that the onus is on government to provide equitable services to Australians from all backgrounds. Australia’s multicultural character gives us a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised world. Multiculturalism is about all Australians.
This vision is reflected in the four principles that underpin this multicultural policy:
There are three important new initiatives that support the policy:
All Australians share the benefits and responsibilities arising from the cultural, linguistic and religious diversity of our society.
Australia's new multicultural policy was launched by the government on 16 February 2011.
The government's cultural diversity programs and publications.
Information on Australian government agencies’ contributions to building social cohesion.
The Australian Multicultural Council was officially launched by the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, on 22 August 2011 at Parliament House in Canberra.
The former Australian Multicultural Advisory Council advised the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on issues related to Australia's cultural diversity.
Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March. It is a day where all Australians celebrate cultural diversity and is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It's about community participation, inclusiveness and respect — a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, while also recognising the traditional owners of the land.
A calendar of cultural, religious and national days and events.