Australia Day, 26 January, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.
Australia Day is a time to ignite our National Pride. A nation of difference and unity, people from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together.
Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together.
Australia Day today is a community day. With formal ceremonies around the country - flag raisings, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of community awards - combined with local events and fun activities, the day belongs to the people. Celebrations now include a strong festive aspect with special events encouraging the participation of the entire family and all members of the community. On Australia Day we celebrate what's great about being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.
While the historical significance of 26 January remains, there is a greater awareness of the wish to celebrate modern Australia. It is a land of many people, but one nation. It is a young, fresh and vibrant country in one of the oldest lands on earth, with one of the oldest cultures. It is a land of extremes but also a land of harmony and of the spirit of the fair go. Australia is one of the few countries in the world to celebrate 150 years of continuous democratic government.