26 January

Survival Day

The day Captain Arthur Phillip proclaimed British sovereignty by raising the Union Jack flag at Sydney Cove.

Considered a day of mourning to many First Nations peoples as it signifies the start of colonisation.

13 February

National Apology to the Stolen Generation Anniversary

In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd provided a formal apology to First Nations peoples, particularly the Stolen Generations, for the harm and trauma caused by their mistreatment.

17 March

Close the Gap Day

Launched in 2007 to highlight the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in health outcomes, life expectancy and economic opportunity.

26 May

National Sorry Day

Acknowledges members of the Stolen Generation - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

27 May

Anniversary of 1967 Referendum

Over 90% of Australians voted to remove clauses that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from the Australian Constitution. The changes also allowed the Commonwealth Government to make laws that affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

27 May - 3 June

National Reconciliation Week

An opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, culture and achievements and explore how we can all contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

3 June

Mabo Day

Commemorates Eddie 'Koiko' Mabo who fought the laws on land ownership to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' as the traditional owners of their land. In 1992, the High Court of Australia recognised that terra nullius (land belonging to no one) should not have been applied to Australia and it paved the way for the Native Title Act.

First Week of July


A week that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' culture, heritage, and achievements.

ACU typically celebrates NAIDOC Week in August - so students can be involved in the activities at the commencement of Semester 2.

4 August

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

Celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Historically used to celebrate the birthdays of the Stolen Generations.

9 August

UN International Day of World's Indigenous People

A day that recognises the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples across the world and to celebrate their achievements, contributions, and culture.

1st Wednesday in September

Indigenous Literacy Day

Hosted by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to highlight the struggle of children in remote communities to access literacy resources.

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