There’s something that connects us all – being Australian, our love for the country we call home and the shared optimism for our future.
Australia Day is a day for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. It’s a day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.
Australia Day means different things for different people but the vast majority see it as much more than just a day off. More than 13 million Australians participate in Australia Day each year – 89% choose to get together with family and friends.
On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.
Australia Day is a day we can recognise the contributions of all Australians. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – who have been here for more than 65,000 years – to those who have lived here for generations, and those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home.
We encourage everyone to mark the day in a way that is right for them, and however people choose to participate, it should be done in an inclusive and respectful manner.
Ref. National Australia Council Australia Day Message