The following significant dates are celebrated nationally.

Date Event Reason for Event

26 January

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 February
In honour of the apology by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people on the 13 of February 2008​
21 March United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination This is a solemn day which marks the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, 1960, when South Africans tried to peacefully protest the apartheid regime.
Week leading up to 21 March Harmony Day/Week A time for Australians to come together to reflect on and celebrate the many cultures that make up our country and show an appreciation of Australia's diversity.
26 May

National Sorry Day

National Sorry Day

Anniversary of the 1997 "Bringing Them Home" report. A day for all Australians to express sorrow over the forced removal of Aboriginal and 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

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 and Torres Strait Islander peoples and overturned the myth of Terra Nullius.
June Awards of Excellence in Catholic Aboriginal Education Bi-annual Awards recognising excellence in the field of Catholic Aboriginal education (the Outstanding Aboriginal Student category is awarded annually).
1 July Coming of the Light Celebration of the introduction of Christianity to the Torres Strait Islands.
July

NAIDOC Week

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 August 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 August International Day of World's Indigenous People International Day of World's Indigenous People To recognise the value and diversity of indigenous cultures and to strenghthen international cooperation for the support of indigenous people.
3 September Indigenous Literacy Day Events organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to raise funds for children in remote Indigenous communities.
10 December Human Rights Day ​Celebrates the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 

Last updated: 22/08/14