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Reconciliation Day 2018

National and Public Holidays in ACT, Australia Public Holiday in Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Australian Parliament House in Canberra

When is Reconciliation Day?

How long until Reconciliation Day?
This holiday next takes place in 4 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum which changed the constitution

Reconciliation Day is a public holiday celebrated in the Australian Capital Territory region of Australia. Canberra is the only city in the territory.

The holiday is taken on the Monday on or after 27 May.

History of Reconciliation Day

This holiday marks the anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum. It also marks the start of National Reconciliation Week.

Called by the Holt Government, the Australian referendum of 27 May 1967 approved two amendments to the Australian constitution relating to Indigenous Australians.

The amendments were overwhelmingly endorsed, with 90.77% of votes cast in favour of the amendments and carrying in all six states. The amendments changed sections 51(xxvi), and 127, leading to the effect of including Aboriginal Australians in determinations of population, and also empowering the Federal Parliament to legislate specifically for this racial group.

The amendments did not give Aboriginal people the right to vote - that had been introduced in 1962 - or citizenship, as most of the specific federal and state laws that discriminated against Aboriginal people had already been repealed by 1967.

ACT became the first jurisdiction in Australia to gazette a Reconciliation Day holiday when a bill to amend the Holidays Act passed with tripartisan support in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday 14 September 2017.

Family & Community Day

In 2018, this holiday replaced Family & Community Day which was observed for the last time on Monday 25 September 2017.


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