Reflect, respect, celebrate spirit of community on Australia Day 2023

Prime Minister

In cities, suburbs and towns around the nation, Australians will come together on Australia Day to reflect, respect, celebrate the strength and spirit of their local communities.

And this year, the Albanese Government has worked to make events on Australia Day more inclusive and accessible to all Australians.

Each event supported by the National Australia Day Council (NADC) now includes specific elements to ensure their events are inclusive such as having Auslan interpreters, ramp hires, accessible amenities or providing quiet spaces.

This builds on the incredible advocacy of the 2023 Australian of the Year, Dylan Alcott.

The NADC has provided funding for more than 650 Australia Day events, from major broadcast events like Australia Day Live in Sydney, to citizenship ceremonies and morning teas in regional communities.

The program will support inclusive and accessible events across the nation which give all Australians the chance to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day.

Events in capital cities will include citizenship ceremonies, multicultural festivals, community gatherings and morning teas. Larger scale events include a projection of First Nations artwork on the Sydney Opera House and the Australia Day Birak Concert in Perth.

Community events will be held in all states and territories with funding awarded to councils and community organisations to organise, promote and host Australia Day events. The NADC received a record number of grant applications to support local Australia Day events and activities.

In 2023, the NADC is providing $5 million in events funding for major events in capital and major cities, and $8.9 million to fund 414 organisations to deliver more than 650 community events across all states and territories.

The NADC’s Australia Day Community Grants program is supported by the Australian Government.

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