History

In 2018 the nation’s capital became the first Australian jurisdiction to dedicate a public holiday to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

With the support of all parties, a bill was passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly on 14 September 2017 to make Reconciliation Day an annual public holiday in the ACT.

Reconciliation Day will be held each year on the first Monday on or after the 1967 Referendum anniversary date of 27 May – the start of National Reconciliation Week.

Reconciliation Day is a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.