Reconciliation Day

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Reconciliation Day 2019 and 2020

The first Monday on or after 27 May is Reconciliation Day in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) starting in 2018. It replaces the Family and Community Day holiday that was held on this date until 2017.

Year Date Day Holiday States
2019 27 May Mon Reconciliation Day ACT
2020 1 Jun Mon Reconciliation Day ACT

While Reconciliation Day is only a public holiday in ACT, it is also the first day of National Reconciliation Week, which is Australia-wide. The date for the holiday was chosen because on 27 May 1967, 90 percent of Australia’s population voted in a referendum in favour of amending the national constitution in regard to Aboriginal peoples.

Specifically, the amendments caused Aborigines to be included in the official census and extended parliament’s jurisdiction over Aboriginal peoples. This was intended to be for the benefit of Australia’s indigenous population, however the results of this jurisdiction saw mixed results in the decades afterwards.