Key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dates in 2024

Key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dates in 2024

As we step into 2024, it's our duty as a nation to make space for the significant dates of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These dates not only reflect the history and culture of Australia's First Peoples but also remind us of the journey towards the strive for reconciliation, inclusivity, and mutual respect. Let's take a moment to mark these dates on our calendars and understand their significance.

Understanding the Significance

Each of these dates carries a memory and a message for First Nations Australians. From Survival Day, which is a time of reflection and recognition of the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, to National NAIDOC Week, which celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, these dates are pivotal in understanding and appreciating the depth of Australia's Indigenous heritage.

Embracing the Culture

As we mark these dates, let's not just see them as days on a calendar. Let's engage with them, learn about their histories, and participate in community events. Whether it's attending a cultural festival, listening to the stories of Elders, or supporting indigenous-led initiatives, every small step counts towards a greater understanding and respect for these rich cultures.

Key Dates to Remember


  • 26 January: Survival Day

  • 13 February: Anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples

  • 20 March: Harmony Day

  • 21 March: National Close the Gap Day

  • 26 May: National Sorry Day

  • 27 May: Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum

  • 27 May – 3 June: National Reconciliation Week

  • 29 May: Torres Strait Islander Flag Day

  • 3 June: Mabo Day

  • 1 July: Coming of the Light

  • 4 – 11 July: National NAIDOC Week

  • 4 August: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

  • 9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

  • 30 August – 4 September: Indigenous Literacy Week

As we journey through 2024, let's embrace these significant dates with open hearts and minds. Let's celebrate the enduring cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our shared Australian story. Here's to a year of learning, respect, and celebration!

Remember, every date is an opportunity to acknowledge, learn, and grow. Let's make 2024 a year of meaningful engagement with our nation's first peoples and their incredible heritage.