Australia Day


Australia Day, January 26 is the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of 11 ships of convicts from Britain, and raising the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

This year’s program includes 2016 Australia Day events celebrating the many cultures that make up Australia, including a tribute to the owners of this land and its traditions.

Minister of Multiculturalism, John Ajaka, believes that Australia Day is a day to come together and recognize our fortune as a nation.

“It’s a time to reflect on what inspires us and embrace common goals that unite us – our commitment as a tolerant, free and democratic nation that allows each of us to succeed, respecting our individual differences,” said Mr. Ajaka.


“It is also a time to recognize our indigenous peoples and the significant contribution of our multicultural communities.”

National events

Australian Capital Territory – Special Events Unit Chief Minister’s Department

Northern Territory – Australia Day Council NT Incorporated

New South Wales – Australia Day Council of NSW

South Australia – Australia Day Council of South Australia Incorporated

Tasmania – Department of Premier and Cabinet

Queensland – Department of Premier and Cabinet

Victoria – Australia Day Committee (Victoria)

Western Australia – Australia Day Council of Western Australia

Photo credit:
Australia Day Council of NSW (ADCNSW)
Sydney Harbour David Clare 2013
WugulOra Ceremony 2013 David Clare