Media hub

The information and materials on this page have been prepared for media interested in information on Harmony Day celebrations.


Welcome to the Media Hub. Here you will find media information about Harmony Day, along with resources to assist in compiling news stories.

Harmony Day

Learn more about Harmony Day

Media inquiries

Media inquiries can be emailed to Journalists can also call the media hotline (02) 6146 8080 during business hours.

Media releases

Read media releases from the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter
Read media releases for the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Craig Laundy
Previous Harmony Day media releases




Browse Settlement and Multicultural Affairs studies, report and other publications on the Department of Social Services’ website
Read the Scanlon Foundation’s national social cohesion research

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Harmony Day celebrated?

What is Harmony Day?

  • Harmony Day is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common.
  • Harmony Day is a community celebration. Since 1999, more than 60 000 Harmony Day events have been staged in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.
  • Multiculturalism is in Australia’s national interest and speaks to fairness and inclusion – it enhances respect and support for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.
  • Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. Multicultural Australia is an integral part of our nation’s history and character.

What is the message of Harmony Day?

  • The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

What is the 2016 Harmony Day theme?

  • In 2016, our Harmony Day theme is ‘our diversity is our strength’.

How does the community celebrate Harmony Day?

  • Community groups have made Harmony Day their own by organising events according to their needs, interests and strengths.
  • Morning teas, fairs, concerts, school assemblies, sporting events and national costume days are among the different events that have been staged to showcase cultures, traditions and backgrounds.
  • Get connected to your Harmony Day community today on:
  • See a list of state and territory events promoting harmony and social cohesion

Why does orange represent Harmony Day?

  • Orange has been the Harmony Day colour since the first day was held in 1999.
  • Traditionally the colour orange relates to social communication, stimulating two-way conversations. It aids in the development of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.

Harmony Day – Talking points


  • Harmony Day is celebrated throughout Australia on 21 March. It has become a significant day of the year when Australians are encouraged to celebrate the cultural diversity of our country.
  • 21 March is also the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
  • Harmony Day aims to engage Australians, particularly young people, in celebrating inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Ways to get involved