Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.
On Australia Day, which is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories, we celebrate what's great about being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved, what we can be proud of and acknowledge the contribution that every Australian makes to our diverse, great nation.
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.