Harmony Week is designed to celebrate Australian multiculturalism. This week is about forming an understanding of the diverse cultures that come together in Australia.
Joblife believes there is a job for everybody and that #everyonebelongs
The uniqueness of Australian multiculturalism is almost unheard of in other parts of the world. We should celebrate our unique society and continue to embrace inclusivity.
49% of Australians were born overseas or have at least one immigrant parent. While English may be the most common language spoken in Australia, the other most common languages include; Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish, and Punjabi. On top of that, there are more than 70 Indigenous languages spoken in Australia.
6.1% of the Joblife caseload requires a language interpreter, with a Mandarin language interpreter being the most requested. The barrier to employment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people includes
- Language barriers
- Culture shock and adjustment difficulties
- Lack of accessibility to services, particularly mental health services
- Knowledge and occupational skills acquired overseas are not always recognised in Australia
Joblife is committed to helping CALD job seekers overcome these barriers and find a job that empowers them.
So, what can you do to celebrate Harmony Week?
1. You can wear orange! Orange usually symbolises social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encourages mutual respect. Australians wear something orange to show they support an inclusive Australia, and to demonstrate they are a safe person for CALD people to approach.
2. Build an inclusive work culture! If you are an employer, utilise the free activities pack here and get your team learning about and celebrating diversity. Or join the A Taste For Harmony campaign and create a company or team cookbook. You can also use this Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool to assess and improve your workplace inclusivity.
3. Be an ally online! Use the resources here to celebrate Harmony Day online and spread awareness about the benefits of a multicultural society.
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