Multicultural events and programs

Professional learning events for teachers

For information about professional learning events for EAL and multicultural education, including intercultural understanding, see: EAL and Multicultural Education Professional Learning Calendar

Programs for students

The Australian Football League (AFL) Multicultural Program - aims to assist migrant and refugee communities to take an interest and participate in AFL whether as a player, fan or game official. The AFL Multicultural Program includes a program for schools.

Courage to Care - a travelling exhibition and educational program for students in Years 10 to 12, about learning from the past to create a better future. Courage to Care seeks to educate young people about racism in particular and prejudice in general.

Immigration Museum - offers a range of excursion activities for students, with teaching resources for all levels from preschool to adult education, exploring the themes of immigration, cultural diversity and Australian identity.

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia - provides an education program for primary and secondary students in both government and non-government schools, which aims to positively counter stereotypes and race-based or religious discrimination and eliminate hatred, vilification and misunderstanding.

Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) - provides online resources about electoral and democratic processes, and will visit secondary schools to provide a free session about the Victorian electoral system.

VEC Passport to Democracy Program - aims to facilitate young people's understanding of electoral matters, by investigating issues in their communities and learning how to take action on those issues.

Schools’ Constitutional Conventions program

The Schools’ Constitutional Conventions program started as an initiative of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation in 1995 to increase young Australians’ knowledge about the Australian Constitution and the role it plays in our democracy. Designed for senior secondary (Years 9-12) students, the program consists of a series of Regional Conventions hosted by government and non-government schools, a State Convention held at Parliament House in September and a National Convention held in Canberra during March or April of the following year.

The aims of the program are to:

  • promote active citizenship, student representation and youth leadership

  • provide students with opportunities to explore contemporary political and social issues

  • promote student understanding of the Australian system of government and how the Australian Constitution provides the framework for our democracy

  • encourage students to take an active interest in the traditions, processes and practices of government

For more information, see: Victorian Students' Parliamentary Program

Grants programs

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) - supports the participation of Victoria’s ethnic communities in the social, cultural and economic life of Victoria.

In support of multicultural affairs the VMC offers:

  • a grants program, including grants for schools to run Cultural Diversity Week activities

  • language services advice

  • coordination of the annual Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs which recognise the achievements and contributions made by Victorians for people from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.

Events and special days

Commemorative events that reflect multicultural perspectives and inclusiveness are a way for learning and development settings to promote cultural diversity. Schools are encouraged to celebrate a range of events that promote intercultural understanding, highlight human and environmental concerns and help teachers work towards providing an inclusive curriculum.

Cultural Diversity Week- held in March each year celebrates diversity and the benefits multiculturalism have brought to Victoria

Harmony Day - on 21 March each year, coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Cultural Diversity Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) - is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June

AFL Indigenous round

Refugee Week - in June each year, raises awareness about the issues affecting refugee communities and celebrate the positive contributions made by people from refugee backgrounds to Australian society

World Refugee Day - 20 June

NAIDOC week - held in the first full week of July, to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

AFL multicultural round

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - 9 August

International Day of Peace - 21 September

International Day of the Eradication of Poverty -17 October

UNICEF - the National ‘Day for Change’ event held on the fourth Wednesday of October is an opportunity for schools to raise awareness about the rights of children. Schools can choose an activity of interest around the common theme of ‘change’.

Human Rights Day - 10 December

The United Nations - provides a list of current and upcoming United Nations observances.