Multiculturalism – where everybody has equal rights, no matter what your culture or background – has been official policy in Australia for over 40 years now. And it works. Our society is by no means perfect, but multiculturalism enjoys a remarkable degree of support and acceptance here. Australians celebrate the fact that we benefit from the richness of sharing our lives with people of different cultures, ethnicities, religions, ages, sexual orientation and disabilities.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the disability, community and aged care sector, where we live multiculturalism every day. There is a reason for that. Employers understand the benefits of drawing on the experience and wisdom gained from many different backgrounds and cultures.
A recent survey highlighted that our sector has a higher percentage of workers born overseas than any other. It shows that in 2016 (the most recent year for which figures are available), 37.1% of Australia’s 295,324 frontline care workers were born overseas. It is up from 31.2% in 2011, and higher than the proportion of overseas-born workers in the total workforce (30.6%).
The carecareers team knows this well as we talk to people from an amazing range of backgrounds. We learn so much while talking to people about their career direction, it is one of the joys of the job.
What matters in this sector is the kind of person you are. If you have something to offer, you will be welcomed, regardless of the colour of your skin, who you worship or where you are from. And that is exactly as it should be.
The blog was written at a time when we are still reeling from the horrors of the Christchurch massacre. Our thoughts are with everybody who lost friends or relations, the people of Christchurch and the Muslim community everywhere. We stand with you.