Queensland celebrates multiculturalism

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and supports the respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Recognised annually from 27 May to 3 June it embodies two key milestones in the reconciliation journey—the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision.

2017 was of particular significance, as the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. By recognising the past, we can move together towards an inclusive future.


Queensland observed NAIDOC Week, from 2 July 2017, recognising the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. In 2017, the National NAIDOC Awards were hosted in Cairns.

Queensland Multicultural Month

The state’s largest multicultural celebration, Queensland Multicultural Month, was again held in August 2017. Queenslanders were encouraged to come together to perform, share, taste, listen, learn and celebrate the state’s unique diversity and its benefits.

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