Cuc Lam came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam, fleeing the country in 1978 with no money, few items of clothing and no grasp of the English language.
Harmony Day is on 21 March and celebrates Australia’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity with the motto ‘everyone belongs’.
Tanya Kaplan came to Australia as a 17 year old. She first landed in Darwin from Cyprus and was making her way to South Australia where her fiancé lived.
The Department of Human Services employs around 70 Multicultural Service Officers (MSOs) across the country to deliver targeted services to culturally and linguistically diverse customers.
Since 2006, Kaled Ajaj has been a Multicultural Service Officer (MSO) at the Department of Human Services, based in in Geelong, Victoria.
Julian Jeyakumar moved to Australia in 1996 as a young, skilled migrant looking for a fresh start. He soon learned that the journey would be more challenging than he first expected.
The Department of Human Services employs around 70 Multicultural Service Officers (MSOs) across Australia to connect migrant and refugee communities to essential services.
When Di Hong arrived in Australia in 1979 as a refugee, he had just turned 18 and didn’t speak any English.
More than 23 per cent of the Department of Human Services’ customers are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.