Calendar of Events


​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 ​Apology to Australia's Indigenous People ​This date marks the National Apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.
​21 March ​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 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 To recognise the value and diversity of indigenous cultures and to strengthen international cooperation for the support of indigenous people.​
​10 December ​Human Rights Day ​Celebrates the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.