Community acceptance of diverse cultures

Domain: 
Culturally rich and vibrant commuities
Sub-Domain: 
Cultural diversity
Measure: 
Percentage of survey respondents who agree or strongly agree that it is a good thing for a society to be made up of people from different cultures; and that their local community is welcoming of people from different cultures
Rationale: 
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For more than two centuries, the combined effort of immigrants and those born in Australia have helped make one of the world’s most successfully diverse societies. Harmony has been a cornerstone of Australia’s development as an economically strong and peaceful nation. Migrants have been crucial to building Australia’s strong and robust economy, helping to create its national infrastructure, contributing new ideas and technology and fostering local knowledge of other cultures, languages, foods and lifestyles (CIV, 2006).

In a natural disaster framework, people prepare, respond and recover from a disaster in the context of their culture. Acceptance of diverse cultures implies emergency management authorities need to cater for specific needs in engaging with such communities. Education and public awareness, programs and policies may require adaptation. The needs of diverse populations must be integrated into risk communication and community engagement (Andrulis, Siddiqui, Gantner, 2007). Acceptance of diversity and inclusiveness are key values in a community that contribute to the building of social capital (ABS, 2006).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
References: 
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) (2007) Metadata, Retrieved from http://www.communityindicators.net.au/indicator_metadata
References: 
Andrulis, D., Siddiqui, N., & Gantner, J. (2007). Preparing Racially And Ethnically Diverse Communities For Public Health Emergencies, Health Affairs, 26:5, pp1269-1279.
References: 
Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006), 4911.0, Aspects of Social Capital Australia. Retrieved from http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/DAD0CFD697AE9B25CA2571AD0082E1C6/$File/49110_2006%20(Reissue).pdf
Survey Questions: 
40. How strongly do you agree or disagree that it is a good thing for a society to be made up of people from different cultures?; Strongly agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Strongly disagree
Survey Questions: 
41. How strongly do you agree or disagree that your local community is welcoming of people of different cultures?; Strongly agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Strongly disagree


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