National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week 2024 web banner


National Reconciliation Week 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.

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June each year. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.


National Reconciliation Week 2024

This year’s theme, ‘Now More Than Ever,’ is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will and must continue. 

National Reconciliation Week will be recognised and celebrated in Hobsons Bay with events to engage, inform and entertain residents of all ages. 


Resources and Links

Explore a range of resources and links during National Reconciliation Week, or anytime throughout the year.

Reconciliation Australian website

Reconciliation Australia is an independent not-for profit organisation and the lead body for reconciliation in Australia. They promote and facilitate reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Reconciliation Australia website


Reconciliation at Hobsons Bay

Our vision for reconciliation is one in which the broader community is positively engaged with and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and peoples. We envisage a community that celebrates the value and diversity of our First Nations and one in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples feel a sense of pride and belonging.

Find out more


Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council Friendship Alliance

In 2003, Council and the Towards Reconciliation Working Group set about building a relationship with Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council in Queensland. The aim of this early connection was to enhance learning and understanding between our respective local cultures in the shire and municipal Hobsons Bay.

Find out more about the Friendship Alliance


The Yalukit Willam: The First People of Hobsons Bay booklet

The Yalukit Willam booklet provides a short history of the First People of Hobsons Bay. It was first published in 2001, then reprinted in 2011, and is now available online to download. 

Download the Yalukit William booklet(PDF, 5MB)


Online Q&A with author Paul Callaghan

Paul Callaghan belongs to the land of the Worimi people and is the author of the book  The Dreaming Path: Indigenous thinking to change your life.

In this online Q&A, Paul discusses his personal life experiences which led to finding his own dreaming path. The conversation reveals the power of Aboriginal spirituality that Paul has found.

Content warning: This video discusses depression and suicidal thoughts.

Watch the online Q&A now




Lost Lands Found: local plant species list

Lost Lands Found is an ecological art project established in Logan Reserve, Altona, adjacent to the Altona Homestead. This densely-planted space highlights our ecological neighbours – Altona’s local Indigenous wildflowers, grasses, herbs and lilies.

Use the Lost Lands Found Species List to discover some of the plants that feature in the project, and perhaps plant some in your own garden. 

Download the Species List