Australia Day Reflection


Emerging as a more equitable and caring Nation after COVID-19

We find ourselves pondering whether Australia will ever be the same after COVID-19? It might be more useful to ask whether it shouldbe the same after the pandemic. Australia can continue to learn from the challenges of the virus and embrace the gifts of First Nation’s Culture to make it a better place for all.

Whilst we should be talking about these things all year, Australia Day is often the trigger for discussions around moving the date, what our Country stands for or changing the National Anthem. For the record:

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Australia Day 2022 – NATSICC (pdf)

NATSICC Acknowledgement Plaques


The first plaque endorsed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for use in Catholic schools, parishes and organizations, the NATSICC Acknowledgment plaques are a bold statement of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Displaying the plaque proudly in a prominent position in your Parish, School or Organisation is a physical sign of welcome and understanding for all Australians. It also provides the opportunity to educate the wider community of the need for continual progress on the ongoing journey of Reconciliation.

By purchasing and displaying our acknowledgment plaque you are sharing the vision of The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council – that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be included in the prayers and thoughts of all Australian Catholics. Those displaying the plaques (or any other Acknowledgment Plaque) will be listed as a Partner in Faith.

Frequently asked questions

Why is acknowledgment important?

The practice of inclusion forms an important part of rebuilding the relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non Indigenous Australians. The erection of a plaque or sign at the Church is a symbol of welcome for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and an acknowledgment that there is an understanding of Australia’s past.

An Acknowledgment of Traditional Custodians must be seen in the context in which ‘Country’ is understood by Australia’s first people. Professor Mick Dodson explains this relationship –

“For us, Country is a word for all the values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with that area and its features. It describes the entirety of our ancestral domains.”

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The Story of Australia

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This is the Story of Australia – the story of an extraordinary nation.

The Story begins 60,000 years ago. New chapters are written every day.

On Australia Day, we reflect on our history, its highs and its lows.

We respect the stories of others.

And we celebrate our nation, its achievements and most of all, its people.

We’re all part of the story.

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  • The Point co-hosts John Paul Janke and Narelda Jacobs will present the Sunrise Ceremony, a special event reflecting the significance of January 26. (SBS)

National Indigenous Television (NITV), and the wider SBS network, invite communities to deepen their understanding of January 26 and what it means to be Australian through the upcoming programming slate, Always Was, Always Will Be.

A schedule curated to highlight themes of Country, Identity and Nation will be featured throughout the week, January 19-26, across SBS channels, including documentaries, news, movies and more.

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