Community engagement


National Reconciliation Week

27 May to 3 June

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June.

This year is particularly special, as we mark 2  significant anniversaries in Australia's reconciliation journey:

  • 50 years since the 1967 referendum, which overturned racist sections of our Constitution and
  • 25 years since the historic Mabo decision that recognised Aboriginal land rights.

NRW celebrates and builds respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

Let's take the next steps

The theme for 2017  is 'Let's take the next steps'. As we commemorate these significant milestones, all Australians are invited to be a part of our nation's reconciliation journey.


In Victoria, the inaugural WE | HERE | NOW program in Federation Square, starts with the first permanent raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the presence of Gail Mabo (daughter of Eddie Mabo) local Aboriginal Elders and the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service is at 11am on Wednesday 31 May 2017 at The Shrine to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Men and Women. A book presentation by the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Committee showcasing paintings of Prisoners of War will follow the Service. RSVP or 1800 762 003. 

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week events.