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Supporting Others by Celebrating Diversity: How Would you Describe an Australian?


                             KEY IDEAS:

valuing difference and diversity

recognising and challenging inequities

use of inclusive and exclusive language

supporting others to find their own solutions

identifying positive and negative behaviours that impact on others





Published on Sep 1, 2016 by We Love our Lamb:  Spring Lamb 2016 | You Never Lamb Alone

An ad about lamb, that celebrates diversity.


What IS Diversity?

Uploaded on Sep 3, 2011

A snippet from the comedy "Anchorman".


Do One Thing for Diversity

Published on Sep 24, 2013

We can all ''Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion'' ...or two!


How do People Exhibit Diversity?

Published on Apr 2, 2014
From the original indigenous inhabitants to the melting pot of cultures who now call the country home, Del Irani asks what "Aussies", new and old, think about Australia.


Recognising and Responding to Abusive Situations, Discrimination, Harassment and Stereotyping








recognising and responding to abusive situations

anti-discrimination act 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW is part of the NSW Department of Justice. It promotes anti-discrimination, equal opportunity principles and policies throughout NSW. It administers the anti-discrimination laws, and handles complaints under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)​​​.


Affirming Diversity, Rights and Responsibilities, Advocacy & Support


affirming and celebrating diversity


The Foundation for Young Australians suggests that YOU ARE A CHANGEMAKER - You just might not know it yet.

2017 - The Canberra Times:   Love Her Body

Two are in love with their butts. Two are having an impact on keeping Indigenous kids in remote communities active. And the one thing they all want young women to know is it’s okay to “be yourself”. We’ve united 10 of our nation’s most talented female athletes for a kick-arse conversation on body image for International Women’s Day.


Affirming Diversity, Rights and Responsibilities, Advocacy & Support: Australian of the Year 2016: David Morrison

Published on Jan 25, 2016

Retired Lieutenant General David Morrison has been named Australian of the Year for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Read more here:

Empowering Individuals and Communities: Cronulla Riots


Go beyond the media headlines with SBS’s interactive experience: watch the documentary, explore the themes and delve deeper into the riots.

Empowering Individuals and Communities: Paul Keating's Address at Redfern

Paul Keating placed before Australians the truths of our past and the reality of our contemporary society. He laid down a challenge for our future, as a "nation united and at peace with its soul."  This is an edited version of his speech.


Empowering Individuals and Communities: Adam Goodes' Song and Dance

Published on Jun 1, 2015

Adam Goodes celebrated a goal with an impromptu Indigenous dance, which has has drawn criticism from some commentators as being inappropriately violent and aggressive.  Others disaqree.


Yes I Can!

Published on July 14, 2016 by Channel 4 (UK Paralympic Broadcaster): Audio Described: We're The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

Understanding Disability: Stella Young - I am not your Inspiration Thank You Vey Much

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration.”


Understanding Disability: Nick Vujicic

Published on Apr 20, 2012

It is not what happens in our life, it’s how you respond to it.        



Understanding Disability: People first - disability second

If you use the phrase “the mentally ill,” instead of “people with mental illness,” or describe a person as a schizophrenic instead of a person with schizophrenia, does that change how you perceive them?


Celebrating Diversity

This unit is designed to contribute positively to student’s understanding and values related to the acceptance of, and respect for, difference and diversity. It identifies principles necessary for a quality life that each individual, regardless of background, can expect to enjoy. Students will learn the impact of discrimination and harassment on individuals and the community.

You will show that you can:

  • appreciate the lives of others and understand that many people live life differently due to personal choice or through the influence of cultural background
  • appreciate the value of strategies available to help support those who have been marginalised within society
  • understand the positive and negative impacts of difference on marginalised groups
  • come to understand how to develop tolerance of difference in yourself and others.


  • completing a brainstorm on ways people exhibit diversity and writing predictions on what the world would be like with no diversity 
  • recording examples of how media can help people feel comfortable with being who they are without barriers created by stereotyping
  • researching and defining types of discrimination, vilification and stereotyping
  • reporting suitable solutions to problems after examining case studies that demonstrate harassment and discrimination
  • producing a group poster that demonstrates an understanding of people’s rights and responsibilities in relation to discrimination and racism
  • designing and justifying a strategy to help a school community develop tolerance of diversity
  • writing responses centred on the Cronulla riots that explore the impact of discrimination on individuals and the community
  • researching and reporting on a human rights activist
  • reading information and viewing a program on disability to contribute to discussion and complete written responses to questions
  • participating in practical activities designed to help experience and understand disability 

Celebrating Diversity: DVC Resources

You can use some of the KEY WORDS on this page to search for fiction and non fiction resources in our library collection.

LOOK AT THIS LIST of fiction and non fiction resources that you might like to make use of as you explore the challenging ideas and themes presented in this topic.

To access Digital Videos from our library collection:


Use your student network login/password at school at  

or use your student network login/password at home at  and search for these titles:

SBS Identity series: Who are we, and where do we come from? As a multicultural nation, there is an ongoing discussion about what it means to be Australian today:

  • Erol (DVC PDH05833:  4:30min)  shares his story about reconnecting with his faith as a Turkish Muslim man, while coming to terms with his sexuality. 2016. 
  • L Fresh the Lion (DVC PDH05834: 4:30min)  aka Sukhdeep Bhogal, an Aussie Sikh hip hop artist. is leading conversations on Australian identity through his music and his work within his own community. 

Cronulla Riots.  The Day that Shocked a Nation  (DVC PDH0552:  55 min)

The untold story of how a Sydney beach became the scene of the Cronulla riots. Told through the perspective of those who were there, 'Cronulla Riots -The Day That Shocked the Nation' investigates simmering tensions between groups of Australians that led to racially motivated violence at Sydney’s Cronulla beach one hot day in December 2005.  Screened 11.12.2014.   Rated M.

Deaf teens: Hearing world   (DVC PDH0492:  57min)

Deaf Teens: Hearing World is an insightful documentary about five deaf teenagers as they take their first steps into the hearing world. This film highlights how not all deaf teens want to be able to hear, and are often defiant against being part of the hearing world, but also the lengths some deaf teenagers will go to improve their hearing. Sara and Asher wouldn't choose to hear even if they had that option. They are fully deaf and proud of their Deaf culture. Not only do they not hear, but they also don't speak. This makes Sara's first days at university a real challenge. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Meghan feels she has hit a brick wall in terms of her deafness and desperately wants to hear more. We are there as she undergoes a life-changing operation to have a cochlear implant fitted which should radically improve her hearing. Jake and Adam are identical twins, however one difference sets them apart - Adam is hearing but Jake is profoundly deaf. Adam and Jake have their own one-handed form of sign language and Adam isn't afraid to ask Jake some tough questions. And finally, Christianah is entering her final year at her specialist Deaf School where she and her friends have a very sassy attitude to their deafness, being quick to deride anyone who won't take them seriously. Recorded 12.3.2014.

My 24 (each episode: 25 mins)

Twenty-six young people from around Australia tell their stories about the day that changed their lives forever, and how the events of 24 hours can fundamentally change attitudes and aspirations.  2014.

Your Body: Your Image: Blame Game  (DVC PDH0581:  8min)

Amber Jane Butchart, a fashion & beauty analyst and Raphael Babalola, who runs a healthy lifestyle company, investigate why companies usually use super skinny, super tall, super young white girls in their marketing campaigns.  2012.

Paralympian of the year 2012   (DVC PDH0438:  50min)

Jacqueline Freney is the Paralympian of the Year 2012. A deserving recipient, Freney was named Paralympian of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee last night (8 November 2012) at a Sydney awards ceremony. Born in Brisbane and now residing on the NSW North Coast, 20-year-old Freney is our most successful Paralympian at a single Games, having won a remarkable eight gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She won a gold medal for every event in which she competed and won more gold medals than any other competitor from any country at the London Games.  Recorded 8.11.2012.

Level field   (DVC PDH0437:  2min)


My Great Big Adventure: Disability  (DVC PDH0517:  20min)

Approximately 1 in 5 people in Australia are living with a disability. While we know disability can hinder people in certain ways, we can also celebrate the fact that it enhances them in others. During this episode we help kids understand disability, what it means, and discover great achievements made by people and groups with disabilities.  2012..

My Great Big Adventure: Body Image  (21min)

We are constantly being bombarded with images and subliminal messages about how we should look and how 'perfect' our bodies should be. Our individual genetic plans mean that much of our body shape is out of our control, but what we can control is how we take care of our bodies, how we respect ourselves and how we celebrate the uniqueness of our individuality. During this episode we help kids separate fact from fiction when it comes to the fantasy of physical perfection.  2012.

My Great Big Adventure: Identity (DVC PDH0562: 21 mins)

During this episode, we tackle cultural identity, sexual identity, cliques, and belonging, to help kids look for the clues that might lead them to discover who they are, and who they really want to be.  2012.

Global Body  (DVC PDH0561:  6min 24sec)

This episode celebrates human global diversity and illustrates the vastly different concepts of fashion and beauty that have traditionally existed throughout the world.  2012.

Gok's Teens: Am I Normal  (DVC PDH0568:  45min)

Gok meets teenagers who struggle with the idea of being normal, 16-year-old lesbian Emily & 19-year-old Daniel. He meets inspirational teenage carers and is overwhelmed by their sense of responsibility & self sacrifice.  2011.

The real rain man   (DVC PDH0215:  50min)

Whatever happened to the real Rain Man, the quiet genius Kim Peek, whose extraordinary life story inspired the character played by Dustin Hoffman? Since the Oscar-winning movie Rain Man became a worldwide hit, the ’world’s greatest savant’ Kim Peek has wowed and thrilled over half a million people, demonstrating his phenomenal brain power in a unique roadshow that travels around the USA. Brain-damaged at birth, everything Kim read he retained, and he learnt to do calculations at breathtaking speeds. When Hollywood scriptwriter Barry Morrow met him, he knew that his story had to be told - and the rest is history.This film is a moving account of a unique human relationship between Kim and his dedicated father; and meets four bedazzled teams of scientists who try to unravel Kim’s remarkable brain power. Digitised 25.9.2008

The music in me   (DVC PDH0189:  56min)

This multi-award-winning documentary tells the inspiring story of a unique troupe of intellectually and physically disabled performers - the Merry Makers - as they prepare for the performance of a lifetime at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. They’re aged from six to 56, and through dance, their performances inspire even the most cynical. Anyone who’s ever seen them perform can attest to the fact that they have an uncanny ability to lift spirits and put a smile on everyone’s face.  Digitised 9.6.2008

Riot and Revenge  (BC_LEG0005:  50min)

Reporter Liz jackson presents an account of the Cronulla riot and its aftermath, as told by those who were there.  Contains coarse language and some violent scenes.  Recorded from ABC 13.3.06.



Celebrating Diversity: Library Resources

You can use some of the KEY WORDS on this page to search for fiction and non fiction resources in our library collection.

LOOK AT THIS LIST of fiction and non fiction resources that you might like to make use of as you explore the challenging ideas and themes presented in this topic.   It includes these titles:

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Talking to my Country - Stan Grant
Call Number: 305.899 GRA
Publication Date: 2016
In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world.

Cover Art
Earth Star - Janet Edwards
Call Number: 2013
Publication Date: FSP EDW
Derided as an 'ape' - a 'throwback' - by the rest of the universe, 18 year old Jarra is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as everyone else.

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Racism and Prejudice - Marguerite Rodger; Jessie Rodger
Call Number: 305.8 ROD
Publication Date: 2010


Turning People into Trees


Harmony Day

harmony day

Harmony Day (5475651018)CC BY 2.0

DIAC images - Harmony Day Uploaded by russavia

Harmony Day is dedicated to celebrating Australia's cultural diversity.

Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March each year. It's a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity.


Removing "Labels"

Published on 4 Jul 2015 by Coca-Cola Middle East


If the World Were 100 People


Spreading Peace

Published on April 23, 2016 by Shabnevis weblog: Muslim and Jewish walking together - (Social Experiment)

These two guys walk together in New York city in Jewish, Muslim and diverse neighborhoods to see how people react.


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