A very high majority of Australians think we should learn more about the cultures of the many different ethnic groups of people who live in this country.

65% of Australians agreed that we should do more to learn about the cultures of our diverse communities.

Custom and heritage

Agreement that we should learn about the cultures of our diverse communities is stronger among younger people.

Bar graph of We should do more to learn about the customs and heritage of different ethnic and cultural groups in this country - by age

[Source: Scanlon Foundation 2017 and 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report]


Arts and culture are acknowledged to be important ways to understand and reflect our cultural diversity. Victorians strongly agree that the arts are important in expressing our diversity and increasing cultural understanding and cohesion.

The majority of Victorians believe that the arts have a 'big' or 'very big' impact on understanding other cultures and expressing our identity.

People and culture


Australian identity

Over three quarters of Victorians agree that the arts reflect our cultural diversity.^


Diversity of culture graph

Learn more about understanding and celebrating our diversity at the Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion survey and the Australia Council National Arts Participation survey.

* Source: Scanlon Foundation 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report
^ Source: Australia Council National Arts Participation Survey, 2016