National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May to 3 June each year. It is a time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements and explore how we can all make our mark in Australia’s reconciliation journey.
In 2023, the theme is ‘Be a Voice for Generations’ encouraging all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives.
Significance of National Reconciliation Week
The start and end dates of National Reconciliation Week commemorate two significant moments in Australia’s reconciliation journey.
27 May marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum, when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
3 June marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands and waters, paving the way for native title.
For more information, visit the National Reconciliation Week website.
Celebrating National Reconciliation Week
Search Council’s What’s On calendar for local National Reconciliation Week events or explore other ways you can celebrate.
On 28-29 May Brisbane City Hall, Reddacliff Place, Sandgate Town Hall, Story Bridge, Tropical Display Dome and Victoria Bridge will be lit either in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags or in all colours to recognise National Reconciliation Week.