National Reconciliation Week // 27 May - 3 June 2018

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The week marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision. It is also a time to acknowledge and reflect on the respectful relationships that continue to develop between Australia’s First Nations people and the wider Australian community. 

27 May - Represents Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for First Nations peoples and recognise them in the national census.  

3 June - Commemorates the historic High Court of Australia’s Mabo judgement in 1992. This ruling legally recognised the special connection First Nations peoples have to the land, and overruled the invasion term ‘Terra Nullius’, meaning ‘Land belonging to no one’.  This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

The theme this year is ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’, and Reconciliation Australia invites us to Learn, Share and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about First Nations histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

The GPT Group is committed to a better future and we are proud of our formal our commitment to our Reconciliation Action Plan. GPT is again supporting National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 3 June 2018.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week here and about Australia’s First Peoples in the interactive resource by Reconciliation Australia: Share Our Pride.