Cultural diversity

Australia is one of the world's most multicultural nations and is made up of many Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee cultures. For the past 200 years, migrants have helped change and shape our national identity by sharing their rich cultural experiences, histories and traditions.

We recognise that Aboriginal people are the First Australians. The indigenous cultures of Australia are amongst the oldest living cultures in the world. Aboriginal heritage plays an important role in Western Australia's traditional and contemporary culture.

Western Australia continues to have the largest proportion of people born overseas with more than 800,000 people (37.1% or 831,362 persons) born overseas. People from more than 200 countries live, work and study here, speaking as many as 270 languages and identifying with more than 100 religious faiths.

The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) has produced a wide range of information relating to Western Australia's cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, including culture and religion information sheets aimed at raising awareness and understanding of key religious and cultural practices and protocols. This information is available on the OMI website.

Last modified: 20/03/2014 11:50 AM