Significant Dates

Date
Event
Reason for Event
26 Jan
Australia Day / Survival Day / Day of Mourning
This date marks the landing of The First Fleet in Sydney Cove and Survival Concerts around the country celebrate the survival of colonisation.
26 Jan
Australia Day / Survival Day / Day of Mourning
This date marks the landing of The First Fleet in Sydney Cove and Survival Concerts around the country celebrate the survival of colonisation.
13 Feb
Apology to Australia's Indigenous People
This date marks the National Apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.
21 Mar
United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
This day marks the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when South Africa tried to peacefully protest the apartheid regime.
Week leading up to 21 March
Harmony Day
A time for Australians to come together and celebrate the many cultures that make up the country and show appreciation of Australia's diversity.
26 May
National Sorry Day
Anniversary of the 1997 'Bringing them Home' report. A day to express sorrow over the forced removal of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children from their families.
27 May - 3 June
National Reconciliation Week
Time to focus on ways to move towards reconciliation between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians.
27 May
Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
Australia's most successful referendum where 90% of Australians voted to acknowledge Indigenous Australians as citizens.
3 June
Mabo Day
Anniversary of the High Court's 1992 decision which recognised Native Title rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and overturned the myth of terra nullius.
1 July
Coming of the Light
Celebration of the introduction of Christianity to the Torres Strait Islands.
July
NAIDOC Week
National celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
July - First Sunday of NAIDOC Week
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (NATSI) Sunday
Starts NAIDOC Week with some prayer and honest reflection.
4 Aug
National Aboriginal and Islander Children's Day
All organisations with an interest in children are encouraged to celebrate this day. See SNAICC (Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care) website for theme, information and posters.
9 Aug
International Day of World's Indigenous People
To recognise the value and diversity of indigenous cultures and to strengthen international cooperation for the support of indigenous people.
10 Dec
Human Rights Day
Celebrates the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.