International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year. It is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally, and aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

In December 2017, the Department held a picnic at Bellerive Beach Park All Abilities Playground to celebrate inclusion with students from a number of local primary schools. The theme of the initiative this year was ‘all abilities’ and the schools event was an opportunity for students to come together, generate awareness and celebrate inclusion at the newly built all abilities playground.

The Department will look to explore opportunities to expand celebrations for International Day of People with Disability with schools statewide in future years.

Further information is available at International Day of People with Disability.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is celebrated on 21 March every year across Australia.

This day is sponsored by the Australian Commonwealth Government and is used by Department of Education schools and colleges to celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity. It is a day about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

The Department of Education’s Values of Aspiration, Courage, Growth and Respect reflect these core values on Harmony Day. The importance and relevance of Harmony Day is strikingly significant when we take into account:

  • nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas
  • we identify with over 300 ancestries
  • since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
  • apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
  • more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Further information is available at Harmony Day.