United for Positive Change
Celebrate National Unity Week by hosting or attending an inter-faith or intercultural event in your community. Meet people of other cultures and faiths, learn from one another and recognise that unity builds a better future than division ever could.
The beauty of Australia is in its diversity. We’re millions of people with different cultures, faiths, experiences and ideas but we have one thing in common – we share our future. We can ensure that the future is one where all people are equally able to belong, contribute and thrive if it is founded on mutual respect, understanding and shared values. Unity does not equal uniformity – it is forged in conversation, community and a commitment to one another’s right to flourish and prosper.
If you are part of a faith community, community organisation, business, social or sporting club you are invited to host a National Unity Week event of your design. It could be an inter-faith discussion panel; a tour of your mosque, temple or church; a community meal or a cultural performance – anything that invites others to listen, learn, understand and build relationships between people of different faiths and cultures.
National Unity Week is a joint initiative of the Lebanese Muslim Association and Welcoming Australia. It all started with the two organisations coming together in 2014 and combined their events National Mosque Open Day and Walk Together under National Day of Unity.
The following year it gathered momentum and National Day of Unity was launched at the Parliament House in Canberra by then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and the Greens leader Dr. Richard Di Natale.
With the National Mosque Open Day and Walk Together now a week apart, it was decided that these two events would bookend a larger week-long celebration of Australia’s diversity and inclusivity.
And so, National Day of Unity became National Unity Week, with the two founding organisations now looking to open up the event to as many as partners and events celebrating Australia’s diversity as possible.
Photo gallery of our national launch in Canberra
This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Strong and Resilient Communities Activities.