About Australia Day

Australia Day (26 January) is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our beautiful lands and waterways, to those who have lived here for generations, and those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home. More than half of all Australians participate in Australia Day attending events organised by state governments, local councils and community groups or by getting together with family and friends. In addition, more than 16,000 new Australians become citizens on Australia Day.

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has multiple meanings. It is Australia Day for some, and for others, it is also Survival Day. Some Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples 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 these views are respected and that collectively we have constructive conversations about this history and seek ways to move forward together as a nation. Find out how the National Australia Day Council is ensuring our national day is one that is inclusive of the stories and histories of all Australians with their Australia Day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Acknowledgement Project.

Find out more about Australia Day.