Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Annual Festivals, Events and Campaigns



26 January  

Invasion day / Survival day

The day commemorates the original invasion of the continent by English colonisers, and the continued oppression of Aboriginal people since that time.



13 February  

Anniversary of the Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

This day is the anniversary of the formal apology by the Australian Parliament to Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, specifically the Stolen Generation, that took place on 13 February 2008.



17 March  

National Close the Gap day

National Close the Gap Day gives people the opportunity to show their support for closing the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.



21 March  

International Day for the Elimination of Racism

National Day of Action



March (dates can change each year)   

National Youth Tobacco Free Day

Encourages young people to explore the facts about smoking and the tobacco industry.




NSW Seniors Week

Southern Hemisphere's biggest event for seniors. A wide variety of both small and large events organised by local clubs, community and sporting groups, Seniors Week celebrations.



April (dates can change each year)

National Youth Week

National Youth Week is Australia’s biggest youth event with events taking place all over the country.




Mardi Gras

Annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney.



14 April    

National Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Raise awareness in the community and get youth homelessness on the agenda!



9-15 May

National Volunteering Week

An annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. 




16-27 May (dates can change each year)  

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 

UN Headquarters, New York



27 May 


In 1967 over 90% of Australians voted in a Referendum to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Referendum also gave the Commonwealth Government the power to make laws on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.



26 May 

National Sorry Day / National Day of Healing

National Sorry Day commemorates and acknowledges the social and psychological impact of policies of forcible removable of Australian Aboriginal children from their loved ones.



27 May 

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Service

The Ceremony commemorates the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans who have fought for Australia in every major conflict since the Boer War.



27 May-3 June

National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to focus on reconciliation and to learn about the history and culture of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. National Reconciliation Week is celebrated commencing on Sorry Day and concludes on Mabo Day each year.



3 June  

Mabo Day

Mabo Day is the anniversary of the High Court judgement in 1992 recognising Native Title. This judgement overturned the legal concept of Terra Nullius.



June (dates can change each year)   

Drug Action Week

A national week of activities to raise awareness about AOD issues and to promote the achievements of those who work to reduce drug related harm.



July (dates can change each year)   


NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to mark the communities’ achievements and uniqueness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditions and cultures.



4 August 

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children’s Day

This day celebrates the importance of children to Indigenous communities.



9 August

International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Aims to make the voices of Indigenous peoples heard more clearly around the world and to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and improve their situations with respect to their lands, their languages, their livelihoods, and their cultures.



7 September  

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Day is held to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.




Tenancy Week

The week begins with International Tenants' Day (2 October). It is an opportunity to raise
awareness of tenancy issues and services available for people renting in the ACT.



1 - 23 October

Koori Knockout

One of the biggest Indigenous gatherings in Australia.




White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.