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.

2017 is particularly special as we marked 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  was '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.

Past Events

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.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week events.