The Attorney-General’s Department is committed to reconciliation. Each year we celebrate National Reconciliation Week by getting involved in various activities in the community.
National Reconciliation Week is held each year between 27 May to 3 June and marks two significant milestones in Australia’s Reconciliation journey:
- On 27 May 1967, 90% of voters gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, and for Aboriginal people to be recognised in the national census. It was Australia’s most successful referendum.
- On 3 June 1992, the High Court delivered its landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal peoples have a special and ongoing relationship to the land. This recognition paved the way for Native Title land rights.
This year National Reconciliation Week is focusing on ‘Don’t keep history a mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’ and encourages Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.