It's a day of both pride and pain: there’s so much to celebrate about Australia – but for many, “Australia Day” is a difficult day.
The conversation about Australia Day can get fired up, divisive and accusatory. But the further apart we get - the less likely we are to reach an outcome. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we listen to one another, that we're informed about the facts, and that we seek to find a shared identity that includes all Australians, whether their ancestry reaches back tens of thousands of years, a hundred years, or they’ve just arrived.
We’ve created the Pride and Pain timeline to help you sort through the confusion and discover the truth about the history of our country.
1. Attend an event
2. Do what you’d usually do - but commit to having a conversation about what Australia Day really meansUse the facts on our timeline to get things started. Tell someone something you learned that surprised you. Ask them why they like to celebrate being Australian, and remember to listen and be open to hearing their point of view. Send them the link to the Pride and Pain timeline afterwards!
3. Explore your local areaGet to know the history and culture; your local council is a good place to start. On Australia Day, you might like to attend or create your own tour, visiting landmarks that are important for local Indigenous people.
4. Learn more about our history
5. Share our timeline on social mediaIt might feel like a small gesture, but it can make a world of difference for someone just starting out on their learning journey.
6. Share an acknowledgment on social media
7. Enjoy and share Indigenous musicThis Spotify playlist from Ntegrity has 122 songs from different Indigenous artists across a range of genres. Listen to it - or create your own - on January 26 to discover some great music you may not have heard before (and some you have).
8. Work on Australia Day and take another day off
9. Get your workplace involvedThere are many ways workplaces can show solidarity, such as making a public statement of acknowledgment, attending an event or watching a documentary together during the week.
10. Chat to your kids about our history
Planning Welcome to Country
How, when and why to arrange Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.
Language and terminology guide
Helpful tips to promote respectful conversation, dispel myths and increase awareness and understanding.
Connecting locally with Indigenous communities
Tips for engaging respectfully in your local Indigenous community
Attending Indigenous events
Tips for attending Indigenous events
Answers to tricky FAQ's
Conversation surrounding Australia Day is not always easy. Here are answers to the most common questions we’re asked.