Our First Peoples are the traditional custodians of our beautiful lands and waterways and have a fundamental role in the great Australian story.
We aspire to an Australia Day that can increasingly include a recognition and celebration by all Australians of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to our nation.
January 26 has multiple meanings: it is Australia Day for some, and it is also, for some, Survival Day.
Some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have mixed feelings about celebrating this day – some consider it a day of mourning, and others use the day to mark the survival of their ongoing traditions and cultures.
It’s important that these views are respected and that collectively we have constructive conversations about this history and seek ways to move forward together as a nation.
Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation’s past. It’s a time to reflect on and learn about our national journey including the ongoing history, traditions and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
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Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what
it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary
Australia and to acknowledge our history.
Celebrate Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia, in Perth on 26 January.
CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019
Australia Day is a designated public holiday so Australians can celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. Usually this involves a lot of fun in the sun; delicious seafood sizzling on a barbecue, a game of beach cricket, spectacular fireworks displays set to a backdrop of cool Aussie music, corroborees and concerts, community events, Citizenship ceremonies to welcome new residents and more. Take a look at these ideas and celebrate like the locals. Check out what’s happening around Western Australia over the 26 – 28 January 2019 long weekend.
For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been the custodians of the country we now call Australia. Today, all Australians are proud that the oldest living culture in the world lives here on our land and within our shores.
On Australia Day our deep respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is infused into everything that we undertake as part of our commemorations. But in doing so we acknowledge that the 26th of January is a date that for many is a reminder of the hurt caused by the arrival of Europeans to this land.
Our desire is that Australia Day is a time, above all, for inclusion, as well as an opportunity for greater understanding and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
We hope that it can be a day in which Australians from all backgrounds come together and celebrate the success and optimism of our modern, tolerant and multicultural society and the strength and resilience of our first peoples.
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