One in four of the 23 million Australian residents were born overseas, or have a parent who was. Four million Australians speak a language other than English, and there are over 260 languages spoken in Australia.
This trend has created a place with enormous cultural diversity, and is reflected in Australia’s food, lifestyle and cultural practices. Australia is a fascinating place!
It is commonly stated that multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest and speaks to fairness and inclusion. It enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. (Australia’s Multicultural Policy, 2013). Overseas travellers, international students and foreign workers are easily accepted into this multicultural environment. Many companies in Australia employ staff from overseas, which makes for a diverse workforce.
A dedicated multicultural TV, radio and online news network caters to Australia’s different groups. Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) features multicultural programming and entertainment in a large number of languages.
You also can celebrate multicultural events with people from around the world in major cities, such as: Anatolian Turkish Festival, Brazilian Festival, Chinese New Year, Greek Festival, Malaysian Festival etc. Local councils provide information for different cultural events you may be interested in attending.
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