Harmony Week

Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.

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The week runs from 15–21 March every year and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.

Harmony Week is a State Government multicultural community relations initiative.​​

Cultural diversity’s benefits

Harmony Week is an opportunity to consider the many benefits WA gains from its culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities.

Benefits include job creation, improved skill levels, the introduction of new skills and networks, and improved economies of scale.

The economic advantages are also many. Our diverse communities link us strongly with the rest of the world and increase our competitiveness in this global market.

Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our diversity while working to remove barriers that still exist in the community.

Harmony Week 2021 grants

Funding round now open

Applications deadline 4:00pm Monday 19 October 2020

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is offering grants of $2000 to support community-led diversity and inclusion activities celebrating Harmony Week in 2021. 

Activities with a focus on culture and arts and sport and active recreation are encouraged.

Culture and arts activities must involve a professional artist or arts practitioner working with the community to design and deliver the activity.

Sport and active recreation activities must involve the community participating in a primary activity requiring physical exertion and/or physical skill.

Harmony Week grants are open to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations based in Western Australia
  • Associations operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia.

For more information, download the Funding Guidelines and Application Form below.

Preparing your application

Applicants should speak to OMI for assistance in the development of the application. 

Phone: 61 8 6552 1603

Email: grants@omi.wa.gov.au

Applications must be presented on the application form which can be downloaded from the Harmony Week page. 

Supporting material such as planning documents, samples of promotional material or letters of support may be submitted as attachments to the application form.


Additional resources

You may be required to provide these forms with your application:

Project planning resources are also available for download. These resources include a budget template, a project plan template and an Event Management Planning Guide. You are welcome to use these resources to support your grant application and for general project or event planning. 


Submitting your application

Applications and supporting material must be submitted by 4:00pm Monday 19 October 2020 to the following:




Grants Administrator
Office of Multicultural Interests
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre WA 6849

Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be sent a formal confirmation of receipt within one week of the round closing date.


Application support

If you would like further advice on the application process, you can register to meet with OMI staff for a 45-minute one-on-one meeting during one of the following sessions:

Date: 10:00am to 3:00pm, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Venue: Riverton Library, 67 Riley Road, Riverton

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Hosted by the City of Canning

Date: 1:00pm to 4:00pm Monday 21 September 2020

Venue: Ellenbrook Library, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook

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Hosted by the City of Swan

Date: 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday 24 September 2020

Venue: Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street, Perth

Registration is essential as places are limited.

To register, email harmony@omi.wa.gov.au with your organisation name, your contact details, and your preferred timeslot.

If you are unable to attend these sessions, OMI staff can meet at a time and a place more suitable for you.

Start plan​​ning now!

Take part in the many events that take place in Perth and all over WA during Harmony Week, or think up some of your own—our Harmony Week Kit will help.

Events for Harmony Week 2020 will be uploaded to our community events calendar before March.

See the Harmony Week Kit for ideas on celebrations for communities, businesses, government organisations, schools and individuals—make sure you're ready to take part in Harmony Week 2020!​​​​​​​

Harmony Week resources

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Let us know about your Harmony Week events and we’ll publicise them on the community events calendar.

Send your photos t​o the Office of Multicultural Interests by email or tag them with #WAHarmony​

Why Harmony Week?

Harmony Week originated in WA and is this State's seven-day celebration and recognition of our cultural diversity.

It began as 'Harmony Day', taking place on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day is observed on 21 March, the date of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre when police fired on a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in South Africa, killing 69 unarmed protestors.

The WA Government changed Harmony Day to Harmony Week in 2003. Organising events over a week was a new approach from the practice of celebrating on 21 March, a date now reserved for reflection.

Educational resources

These web-based educational resources will enable school students and their teachers to take part in practical classroom activities that explore and raise awareness of issues related to multiculturalism, human rights, racism and discrimination.
Page reviewed 07 September 2020