Significant dates

Vice ChancellorJanice Reid speaking at the 2013 Yarramundi Lecture

The Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Engagement (OATSIEE) recognises key dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during the year, including:

  • January 26: Survival Day – British settlement (1788)
  • February 13: Apology Day – apology to the Stolen Generation (2008)
  • March 21: Harmony Day – everyone belongs (1999)
  • March: (date varies) Close the Gap Day – recognises health discrepancies (2006)
  • May 26: Sorry Day – acknowledges the Stolen Generation (1998)
  • May 27 – June 3: Reconciliation Week
  • 27 May 1967: Referendum in favour of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in census
  • June 3: Mabo Day - acknowledging the special relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with the land
  • July 1: Coming of the Light – acceptance of missionaries arriving at Torres Strait (1871)
  • July (from first Sunday: National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week – celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture (1957)
  • August 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day – celebrating the role of children in culture (1988)
  • August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – pledges United Nations support for promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples (1995)