Pre-Federation[ edit ] Prior to settlement by Europeans, the Australian continent was not a single nation, but hosted many different Aboriginal cultures and between and active languages at any one time. Settlers from the United Kingdom, after including Irelandwere the earliest people that were not native to the continent to live in Australia. UntilAustralia existed as a group of independent British settler colonies. The policy limited the ethnic and cultural diversity of the immigrant population.
Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country. Sincealmost seven million people have migrated to Australia. This rich, cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
It is central to our national identity. Inthe Racial Discrimination Act came into force, making discrimination in different parts of public life against the law.
Inthe Act was extended to make public acts of racial hatred against the law. Today, the Act continues to send a strong message about our common commitment to racial equality and the importance of a fair go for all.
Despite this legal protection, too many people in Australia continue to experience prejudice and unfair treatment because of how they look or where they come from. This was a 59 per cent increase over the previous year, with a large proportion of the complaints 41 per cent involving material on the Internet.
Of those who experienced difficulties: It Stops with Me. The vast majority of Australians 84 per cent believe that multiculturalism has been good for Australia. The Act protects people across Australia from unfair treatment on the basis of their race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin.
It also makes racial vilification against the law. The Race Discrimination Commissioner undertakes a wide range of activities to address racism and racial discrimination, which includes implementing the National Anti-Racism Strategy and coordinating the national anti-racism campaign, Racism.
The Commissioner also undertakes research projects and provides policy advice on issues affecting different groups in the community. Find out more about our work in this area.About cultural diversity in Australia.
In , people from more than countries were approved to become Australian citizens.
The vast majority of Australians (84 per cent) believe that multiculturalism has been good for Australia. Our role. Recent studies have indicated how cultural diversity works through the economy to benefit Australian society: in areas from tourism, education, and global linkages, to the less definable but nonetheless important assets of general .
Policy into practice: essays on multiculturalism and cultural diversity in Australian society Abstract The legacy of over two decades of destructive wars and of the Pol Pot regime () forced many. Immigration and Multiculturalism: Issues in Australian Society and Schools.
Lindsay J. Parry Australia is an immigrant society of great diversity whose people come from more than one hundred different ethnic and cultural groups.
However, recognition of this multicultural background was slow in coming and is now the subject of intense political debate. An Australian Multiculturalism Act, to work in conjunction with an Australian Charter of Rights, which would create a framework for multiculturalism and establish clear guiding principles for Australian society to embrace cultural and religious diversity.
Australian Multiculturalism: the roots of its success because of the mass European migration the demographic composition of Australian society had been irrevocably changed and Australia became a multicultural society in the demographic sense of the word.
The objects of the AIMA included the development of an awareness of cultural.