Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions key to closing the gap

February 14, 2017

Upon today’s release of the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap report, Reconciliation Australia reaffirms our support of the Redfern Statement. The Closing the Gap...

Reconciliation Australia applauds announcement of Social Justice Commissioner

February 10, 2017

Reconciliation Australia congratulates Ms. June Oscar AO, on her appointment as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in the Australian Human Rights...


Racism remains a barrier to reconciliation

February 9, 2017

Almost half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have described experiencing racism according to the findings of Reconciliation Australia’s latest Australian Reconciliation Barometer...

Australia Day – critical to our nation’s reconciliation

January 25, 2017

Australia Day should be a source of unity, pride and celebration that reflects the identities, histories and cultures of all Australians. ...

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2017-18 Commonwealth Budget Submission to the Department of the Treasury

January 20, 2017



Submitting to the Freedom of Speech in Australia Inquiry

December 2, 2016

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) has protected Australians from unfair treatment on the basis of their race, colour, descent, or ethnic origin for...


FECCA- strong and effective racial vilification laws needed to stop the spread of racial hatred

December 2, 2016


Indigenous Governance Awards 2016 winners announced

November 25, 2016

Awards showcase success and innovation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and projects...

Racial Tolerance Motion sees reconciliation as crucial to nation’s understanding of who we are, who we want to be: Reconciliation Australia

October 11, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today welcomes renewed commitments from the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader that reaffirm the urgent need for reconciliation as key to our...

Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPS) creating transformative social change: Reconciliation Australia

October 4, 2016

In workplaces, schools and communities across Australia, Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) are making a difference, contributing to reconciliation by developing relationships, respect and opportunities...

Justice reinvestment: community-led solutions a smarter approach

September 20, 2016

Reconciliation Australia reaffirms the urgent need for justice investment, and community-led, collaborative initiatives, in tackling the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples...

25 years on: Reconciliation a high priority in the 45th Parliament

September 2, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today marks twenty-five years since the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (‘the Council’), and the formalisation of Australia’s reconciliation journey....

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Weakening racial vilification protections threatens progress towards reconciliation

August 31, 2016


PM: Meet with First Peoples (Redfern Statement)

August 30, 2016

Today, on the first day of Federal Parliament, national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations delivered a strong message to Prime Minister Turnbull,...

Reconciliation Australia condemns racially-motivated attack on Adelaide Crows player Eddie Betts

August 22, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today condemns the action of a spectator at the AFL Round 22 match between Adelaide and Port Adelaide, respectively, in relation to...

Reconciliation Australia responds to Bill Leak cartoon

August 4, 2016

In response to Bill Leak’s cartoon published in The Australian today, CEO of Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed, said:...


Celebrating Children—The Future of Reconciliation in Australia

August 3, 2016

August 4th 2016 marks the 29th celebration of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Reconciliation Australia welcomes the opportunity to share pride...

Indigenous Governance Awards 2016 finalists announced

August 1, 2016

Culture and self-determination key to effective and lasting change ...

Reconciliation Australia welcomes Royal Commission into NT juvenile detention system

July 26, 2016

Reconciliation Australia welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning of a joint Royal Commission with the Northern Territory Government into the NT juvenile detention...

Reconciliation Australia welcomes proposed Reconciliation Day for the ACT

July 19, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today welcomes a proposed Reconciliation Day holiday for the ACT from Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Chris Bourke....

Reconciliation Australia welcomes release of NSW Committee Inquiry report for the Stolen Generations

June 24, 2016

In welcoming the recommendations of the NSW Parliament Committee Inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generations, Reconciliation Australia reaffirms the importance of reparations as...

Reconciliation Australia thanks Tanya Hosch

June 22, 2016

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Professor Tom Calma AO and Melinda Cilento today thanked departing RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director, Tanya Hosch for her extraordinary dedication to...

Federal Election 2016: Advancing reconciliation calls for change in approach, says Reconciliation Australia

June 22, 2016

The next Federal Government has an unprecedented opportunity to meaningfully address disadvantage in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and in turn, advance our...

Reconciliation Australia welcomes PM acknowledgement of “invasion”

June 15, 2016

Reconciliation Australia welcomes the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement of the facts of Australia’s colonial history, as expressed in his comments which refer to the “invasion”...

Media release: Reconciliation Australia welcomes proposed Reconciliation Day for the ACT

June 9, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today welcomes a proposed Reconciliation Day holiday for the ACT from Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Chris Bourke....

Election 2016: The Redfern Statement

June 9, 2016

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations come together today to call on all parties to tackle inequality and disadvantage facing Australia’s First...

Reconciliation Australia welcomes NATSISS survey

May 5, 2016

Reconciliation Australia welcomes findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics that provide greater insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ participation across sectors...

Budget 2016: Consultation, long-term planning critical to Closing the Gap

May 4, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today acknowledges the Federal Government’s continued investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, while reaffirming the critical importance of long-term planning...

Community-led consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples critical to better outcomes 

April 23, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today welcomes recent consultative meetings held by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the elected leaders of the National Congress of Australia's First...

Q and A: Climbing Uluru

April 22, 2016

Recent debates remind us why Uluru should not be climbed, in line with the wishes of Traditional Owners....

Statement on the passing of Tiga Bayles

April 18, 2016

Reconciliation Australia wishes to pay our respects and express our condolences to the family of well-known Aboriginal broadcaster Tiga Bayles, following news of his...

Twenty five years on, alarming incarceration rates see barriers to reconciliation remain

April 14, 2016

Twenty-five years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Reconciliation Australia reaffirms its calls for justice targets and early investment to reduce...

Reconciliation Australia farewells Adam Goodes from the AFL

April 8, 2016

Reconciliation Australia congratulates Adam Goodes on his AFL career as he bids farewell to Sydney Swans fans this weekend. Both on and off the...

Land claim settlement critical to reconciliation

April 7, 2016

Reconciliation Australia welcomes the historic agreement to settle the longest running land claim in the Northern Territory, the Kenbi land claim. ...

19 years since Bringing them home

April 5, 2016

On 5 April 1997, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission delivered the Bringing them home report, as part of National Inquiry into the...

Historical acceptance key to moving reconciliation in Australia forward

March 31, 2016

Reconciliation Australia supports the University of New South Wales’ commitment to acknowledging the facts of Australia’s colonial history, as expressed in the university’s ‘Diversity...

The ancient practice and discipline of governance

March 21, 2016

The most viable solution to overcoming the social, economic and political issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia is self-determination—ensuring Aboriginal and Torres...

17 March is National Close the Gap Day

March 11, 2016

  This year marks a decade since the Close the Gap Campaign began. The campaign is working towards a major goal – to close...

Still seeking truth and justice in Australia’s reconciliation process

March 11, 2016

A VCOSS Voice guest blog by Erin McKinnon, Reconciliation Victoria Statewide Coordinator...

Congratulations, Pat Dodson

March 3, 2016

Reconciliation Australia congratulates Patrick Dodson on his appointment to the Senate...

The State of Reconciliation in Australia report tabled in Parliament

February 26, 2016

The State of Reconciliation in Australia report was tabled in Parliament this week, as Senators met to discuss the tabling of the annual Closing...

Justice targets vital to Closing the Gap: Reconciliation Australia

February 16, 2016

Reconciliation Australia today joins with coalition partners in calling on government to develop justice targets to reduce the high rates of imprisonment in Aboriginal...

Reconciliation Australia calls for renewed commitment to Close the Gap framework

February 10, 2016

Reconciliation Australia welcomes today’s release of the Progress and Priorities Report 2016 by the Close the Gap Campaign and the Federal Government’s eighth annual...

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New report reveals state of reconciliation in Australia

February 9, 2016

Today’s release of the State of Reconciliation in Australia report reveals that while the nation has developed a strong foundation for reconciliation, significant challenges...

Response to racist video game a positive sign for reconciliation

January 18, 2016

The more than 80,000 signatures to a petition calling for the removal of racist video game, Survival Island 3 – Australia Story 3D, shows...


Applications are open

January 15, 2016

Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton are proud to launch the 2016 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGAs) today. Established in 2005, the IGAs publicly recognise and...

Referendum Council a welcome step forward

December 7, 2015

Reconciliation Australia welcomes today’s announcement from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on the establishment of the Referendum Council on constitutional recognition...

Mr Glen Kelly appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Australia

November 26, 2015

Mr Glen Kelly has been appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Australia. Mr Kelly, a Noongar man, recently worked as the CEO of South...

Reconciliation Australia commends the SA reparations scheme for Stolen Generations

November 20, 2015

Reconciliation Australia commends the South Australian Government on its announcement yesterday of an $11 million Stolen Generations reparations fund. The fund will enable the...


Reconciliation Barometer shows evidence of goodwill

October 21, 2015

Trust between non-Indigenous people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is still low and levels of prejudice are high but there is much...


September 10, 2015

By Professor Tom Calma AO. Professor Tom Calma is the Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia and believes strongly in the link between reconciliation and the overall health of...

Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being

August 9, 2015

Dr Tom Calma is the Co Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Dr Calma is a health advocate and believes strongly in the link between Reconciliation...

Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes

August 5, 2015

Following the weekend’s events when prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes was booed at every turn during the...


The power of community and self-determination – A Garma reflection

August 3, 2015

A personal perspective by Ingrid Cummings As I flew over the NT and saw the pristine waters and lands, like I have never seen before,...

Garma Blog July 2015

The energy of Garma – a time to enjoy, engage, immerse and extend

July 15, 2015

The energy of Garma – a time to enjoy, engage, immerse and extend A personal perspective by Kathryn Dunn The Brochure on the Yothu...

Dialogue and engagement set pathway to Constitutional Recognition

July 7, 2015

Reconciliation Australia welcomes the outcomes of the meeting today between the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Mr Bill Lawson AM joins the Board of Reconciliation Australia

June 30, 2015

Mr Bill Lawson AM has recently been appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Australia. Mr Lawson, a retired engineer from Tasmania has worked extensively...

National Reconciliation Week launch highlights Reconciliation Action Plan success

May 27, 2015

600+ RAP organisations helping redress disparities in employment, education and health 30,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians employed $55 million toward education scholarships...

The Government must strengthen sustainable funding models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

May 12, 2015

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges that there will be no additional funding cuts to the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in this year’s Federal Budget. It is however,...

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Building reconciliation through education

May 6, 2015

Education is a powerful force for reconciliation said Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed at a launch event in Adelaide yesterday. The launch marked the...

Building reconciliation through education

May 5, 2015

Education is a powerful force for reconciliation said Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed at a launch event in Adelaide today. The launch marked the...

New national reconciliation program for schools to be launched in Adelaide

April 29, 2015

Reconciliation Australia will launch its new, national program, Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning at an event in Adelaide on Tuesday 5 May...

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Recognising Indigenous military service

April 14, 2015

By Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG Chairman, National Australia Day Council (NADC). After 17 years of service with the Australian Regular Army, Mr Roberts-Smith transferred to the Army...


Cuts to legal services will have disastrous impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

March 25, 2015

Reconciliation Australia has joined with 25 other prominent organisations in an open letter to the Australian Prime Minister requesting the he urgently reverse the...

Launch of the NAA's Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2015

Living on Country represents more than a ‘lifestyle choice’

March 12, 2015

Justin Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer Reconciliation Australia The current discussion on the closure of remote Aboriginal communities and the reference of remote living being a...

KM Sorry, PM greets Lowj, by Wayne Quilliam

The personal stories behind the Apology

February 12, 2015

The Apology to the Stolen Generations by the Australian Government in 2008 was an important step towards building a respectful new relationship between First...

Continued efforts required to Close the Gap

February 11, 2015

Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed has called on the Federal Government to increase efforts towards reducing inequalities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples...


Reflecting on the career of a reconciliation pioneer

January 22, 2015

  Photo: The Hon Fred Chaney AO, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair Melinda Cilento and Leah Armstrong. Photo Joseph Mayers The Hon...


People. Culture. Country.

January 16, 2015

As a Wiradjuri woman on Gumbaynggirr country, I feel so very welcomed and privileged to be working with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people toward...


Garma 2014: reflections on culture, kinship and language

December 16, 2014

Tamika Townsend is a Reconciliation Action Plan Officer at Reconciliation Australia. “In the end reconciliation is a spiritual process, which requires more than just a...


Is Australia Big Enough for Reconciliation?

December 2, 2014

I acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of land on which we meet today. It is an honour to give...


Founding Co-Chair retires from Reconciliation Australia Board

December 1, 2014

Reconciliation Australia’s founding Co-Chair The Hon Fred Chaney AO will step down from his position as Board Director at the end of this year—after...


Reflections from the road

December 1, 2014

Over the past decade, Professor Mick Dodson AM, has attended every site visit as Chair of the judging panel for the Indigenous Governance Awards....

Evidence the wellbeing of First Australians is improving

November 18, 2014

Reconciliation Australia has welcomed progress in improvements to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Productivity Commission’s report into Overcoming Indigenous...


Australia’s top Aboriginal organisations announced

October 30, 2014

A leading Central Australian women’s group and an up-and-coming theatre troupe from country Victoria have received top honours at the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards....

Reconciliation Australia CEO announcement

September 30, 2014

Reconciliation Australia today announced the appointment of Mr Justin Mohamed as its new Chief Executive Officer following an extensive recruitment process. Mr Mohamed is...

Building reconciliation in schools

September 4, 2014

Reconciliation Australia is pleased to announce a long-term partnership on the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools program with BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities. The program assists...


Alive, well-being, coming together, peace

September 4, 2014

This week we are excited to announce our partnership with BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities on our Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools program. Program manager Alex...

Enhancing rights and opportunities in Australia

August 8, 2014

Tomorrow marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. What better time for all Australians to work together to...

Indigenous organisations ingenious leaders in governance

August 7, 2014

Eight of Australia’s top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations have been selected from a record pool of 113 nominees in the prestigious 2014...

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Garma: one year on

August 1, 2014

Tess McEvoy is a solicitor at DLA Piper Australia. Last year she represented DLA Piper at the Garma Festival through Reconciliation Australia’s annual women’s program. She reflects...

Stop, think, respect and put a stop to racism

July 29, 2014

Reconciliation Australia congratulates beyondblue on its new national anti-discrimination campaign which is a timely wake-up call for all Australians to think carefully about their...



July 23, 2014

Bray Park State School won the special best school prize in our Sing Loud! competition with their original song BRING IT ON. Below focus teacher and author...

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Jemma Cher sings loud for reconciliation

July 16, 2014

Jemma Cher won the best cover category of our Sing Loud! competition. Her cover of Robert Beattie’s Time to Get Serious, was chosen by Delta Goodrem...

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Stompin’ the Ground with Kylie Kain

July 7, 2014

  Kylie Kain is the winner of the best original category of our Sing Loud! competition. Her song, ‘Stompin’ the Ground’, sung with a...

Changing of CEO: Statement by Reconciliation Australia Co-chairs Dr Tom Calma AO and Melinda Cilento

July 4, 2014

We would like to announce that Ms Leah Armstrong, who has led Reconciliation Australia as Chief Executive Officer since August 2010, has decided to...

Sing Loud! winners help to reconcile Australia

July 2, 2014

Australian music stars Delta Goodrem and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu have announced the winners of Reconciliation Australia’s Sing Loud! competition. The song contest was held...


Planting the seeds of reconciliation

June 17, 2014

Julian Laffan and St Bede’s Primary School in Braidwood have been working with the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools team to develop our new national...

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Commemorating Indigenous War Veterans

June 5, 2014

For me, like many, war is personal. My father, as a naïve 19 year old kid, experienced the fears and traumas of war in...

Michael Long and the AFL – Walking the talk on reconciliation

May 30, 2014

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Michael Long’s Long Walk and the Dreamtime at the G Indigenous Round game, Reconciliation Australia has...


A step forward for reconciliation

May 30, 2014

Christine Andrews is a Jagera woman and dragon boat competitor Adrian Andrews’s mum. She is the granddaughter of Aunty Celia Smith.  I wanted to...

Walking the talk on reconciliation: next step constitutional recognition!

May 26, 2014

The movement for reconciliation has never been stronger said Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Officer Leah Armstrong on the eve of National Reconciliation Week (NRW)...

Think rightly, speak rightly and act rightly this NRW

May 19, 2014

Grant Paulson is the Faith and Development Advisor at World Vision Australia National Reconciliation Week 2014 is fast approaching.  It’s that time of the...

Budget a mixed bag for reconciliation

May 14, 2014

This budget poses some serious challenges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for the process of national reconciliation. We acknowledge Australia’s tight...

2014-15 Federal Budget Summary

May 13, 2014

The 2014-15 Federal Budget outlines a total of $549.4 million of savings from Indigenous programs. This includes $15m from Congress and $534.4m from program...

Returning to country brings wellbeing

May 6, 2014

Tamika Townsend is a Reconciliation Action Plan Officer at Reconciliation Australia. I was part of a recent Reconciliation Australia visit to the Ngaran Ngaran Dreaming...

Proposed RDA changes will weaken reconciliation

April 30, 2014

In a submission to the Attorney General lodged today, Reconciliation Australia (RA) strongly opposed the changes to the RDA as contained in the Government’s...


Listen to them leadership

April 1, 2014

Working across cultures in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has made me more aware of my own cultures. Knowing that these all bring...

History made as Federal Circuit Court joins reconciliation community

March 31, 2014

In an historic first, the Federal Attorney General Senator George Brandis will launch a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) developed by Australia’s biggest federal court...

Now is not the time to open the door to bigotry

March 27, 2014

Statement from the Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia, Dr Tom Calma AO and Melinda Cilento Today we join our fellow Australians from the Greek, Jewish,...

Time for Governments to recommit to Closing the Gap

March 20, 2014

Australian Governments must re-pledge their commitment to work towards overcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage according to the Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia. Co-Chair Dr Tom...


It’s time to take stock of our achievements

March 17, 2014

Robynne Quiggin is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and a member of the Wiradjuri peoples of south western NSW. Robynne has practiced as a...

Deloitte Access Economics report: huge economic benefits from increased Aboriginal employment

February 18, 2014

Billions of extra dollars will be added to the Australian economy if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment levels reach those of other Australians...


Honouring Aboriginal resistance heroes

February 11, 2014

Cathy Oke is a Councillor with the City of Melbourne where she has been a key advocate for the City’s recent decision to honour two...

Federal Court judgement demonstrates need for effective governance

February 7, 2014

Reconciliation Australia said a decision by the Federal Court of Australia to ban a former NSW Aboriginal medical service CEO from managing an Aboriginal...


One man’s healing

January 30, 2014

On Halloween, the 31st of October, this year my son Max and I travelled from the Bundjalung National Park on the coast to Inverell...


The national curriculum – knowing the truth about Australia’s history

January 17, 2014

Guided by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, the Australian Curriculum was developed over many years of national consultation and review......

2013: a year of successes. 2014: a year of challenges

December 31, 2013

Reconciliation between First Peoples and other Australians is a proud and worthy national aspiration and in 2013 Australia made further progress towards reaching this...

Racial vilification laws key to reconciliation

December 10, 2013

To mark International Human Rights Day Reconciliation Australia has urged the Australian government to exercise great caution in its plans to repeal the racial...

Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace and reconciliation

December 6, 2013

Today the world received the sad news of the passing of Nelson Mandela after a long battle with illness. Mandela will forever be remembered...


Australia – Our Island Home

December 5, 2013

By Priyani Madan, a passionate female, fighting for equality and justice, and future humanitarian engineer. Dry, red desert land as far as the eye...


Yirrkala celebrates 40 years of bilingual education

November 26, 2013

By Trevor Stockley Trevor is a Gumatj speaker and worked for 14 years at Yirrkala and Laynhapuy Homeland schools (NT), focusing on Yolngu control,...

Real reconciliation IS more than box-ticking

November 22, 2013

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges the recent comments of John and Ros Moriarty on the front page of The Australian (It's time to tackle token reconciliation...


Reflections on Garma

November 21, 2013

by Joy Thomas, Director, Reconciliation Australia In August I left my Canberra desk and joined a small group of women on Reconciliation Australia’s annual trip to...


Closing the gap through education – Gadens Lawyers

November 1, 2013

“We are the Watarrka School, we come from three great mobs” A group of lawyers from Gadens’ Perth and Sydney offices have recently visited...


Advocates for reconciliation – the Toowoomba business community

October 16, 2013

By Greg Johnson, CEO of the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce & Industry I had the great pleasure of meeting and listening to Leah Armstrong,...

AFL Final – Reconciliation is already the winner

September 26, 2013

On the eve of the AFL Grand Final, Reconciliation Australia congratulates the Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn for their leadership in advancing the cause of...

Turning promises into actions

September 10, 2013

Reconciliation Australia said today that it was confident the newly elected Tony Abbott-led Coalition Government would maintain the Australian Parliament’s bipartisan support for reconciliation...

Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business at Breakfast

September 3, 2013

Leah Armstrong Acknowledgement of Country… Acknowledgement of fellow speakers, Good morning and can I say how lovely it is to be back in Queensland...

Federal Election Statement 2013

September 3, 2013

Reconciliation Australia is the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. Our vision is for...


Supporting Indigenous Literacy

September 2, 2013

By Reconciliation Australia CEO, Leah Armstrong Reading is something so many of us take for granted. Yet it’s hard to believe that only one...

Collaboration, partnerships and respect are key to Aboriginal success.

August 29, 2013

Reconciliation Australia has welcomed the bi-partisan support being shown for community led, regionally based approaches to improving economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and...

Leah Armstrong – Perpetual Private

August 8, 2013

Leah Armstrong Speaking notes for Perpetual Private Conference Sydney The historical background to reconciliation I want to start by asking a couple of rhetorical...


A migrant on the Journey to Recognition

July 19, 2013

By Suminda Gunaratne. I migrated from my homeland of Sri Lanka three years ago and found a job as the Data and IT Systems...

New Congress Co-Chairs

July 18, 2013

Reconciliation Australia has warmly welcomed the election of the Co-Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Les Malezer, a Gubbi Gubbi –...

Kenny Bedford joins Reconciliation Australia Board

July 16, 2013

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma AO today announced the appointment of Mr Kenny Bedford to its Board of Directors....


NAIDOC – Honouring Yirrkala Aboriginal rights pioneers

July 9, 2013

By Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair, Dr Tom Calma AO This year NAIDOC honours the Yolngu Elders of North Eastern Arnhem Land who created the famous...

NAIDOC Week 2013

July 8, 2013

On the start of NAIDOC Week 2013 Reconciliation Australia today paid respect to the creators of the Yirrkala bark petition as pioneers in the...


Straight talking women making a difference

July 2, 2013

By Reconciliation Australia’s Senior Communications Officer, Amy Williams. This year I had the privilege of being selected to participate in Oxfam’s Straight Talk National...

Closing the Gap – Reconciliation Australia Day National Conference 2013

June 13, 2013

Closing the Gap—Reconciliation Acknowledgement of country and thanks to: Aunty Agnes for the welcome Welcoming us to country and acknowledging your ancestors and connection...


Andrew’s reconciliation journey

June 13, 2013

By Andrew Gills Like many Australians of my generation, I am largely ignorant about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples’ cultures. I remember doing...


Chapter 23: More Piano

June 5, 2013

Extract taken from Gurrumul: His Life and Music by Robert Hillman. Published by ABC Books $65.00   The second album, like the first, is determined to...

Sad ending to overwhelming community support for reconciliation

June 3, 2013

On the last day of National Reconciliation Week (Mabo Day) we are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Yothu Yindi frontman Dr...


Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

May 31, 2013

by Christian blogger, Josh Dowton The place of Christianity in the history of Australia, and the actions of individual Christians, churches and denominations, has...

Bureau of Meteorology RAP Launch

May 29, 2013

Thanks to Ruth Bell for an inspiring welcome to country and thanks to Sean Carson for his kind introduction. Before I respond to Robert...

Cairns to star in National Reconciliation Week launch

May 27, 2013

Far North Queensland’s profile as a centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, culture and opportunity will be highlighted at today’s launch of National...

Music, laughter and reconciliation at Federation Square

May 27, 2013

Melbourne’s Federation Square will warm to the sights and sounds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, dance and comedy when National Reconciliation Week...

Australians celebrates National Reconciliation Week

May 24, 2013

Hundreds of celebrations across Australia and growing public support for constitutional change to recognise Australia’s First Peoples indicate a renewed national commitment to reconciliation....

National Sorry Day bridge walk Canberra

May 23, 2013

Canberrans will tomorrow (24 May) walk together across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in recognition of National Sorry Day, which is commemorated nationally this Sunday, 26...


National Sorry Day: An important part of healing

May 22, 2013

National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. Charles Passi, a Dauareb tribesman...


Young Australian of the Year shares his vision for reconciliation

May 22, 2013

The 2013 Young Australian of the Year was 25-year-old Akram Azimi who was recognised for his work in promoting reconciliation and mentoring young Aboriginal...

Reconciliation – Victorian legal profession shows the way

May 16, 2013

A forum in Melbourne tomorrow will hear that the growing relationships between Aboriginal communities and key Victorian law firms and organisations are resulting in...

Government maintains commitment to reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

May 14, 2013

Today I experienced for the first time the Australian Government Budget lock-up and as was indicated to us at the start of the year,...


What’s it like to work at Reconciliation Australia?

May 9, 2013

Student and Aurora intern Annalyce Cuda spent some time as an intern at Reconciliation Australia in early 2013. Here she blogs about her time working in the Policy,...

Red Shield Appeal Launch

May 1, 2013

Speech by Dr Tom Calma Co-Chair Reconciliation Australia (Acknowledge senior Salvation Army attendees and other VIPs) Ladies and Gentlemen, friends and fellow members of...

Occasional Address to Business School Graduates

April 18, 2013

Leah Armstrong CEO Reconciliation Australia Multiculturalism, Reconciliation and Inclusive Workplaces Occasional Address to Business School Graduates University of Western Sydney Firstly, as is our...


From little things big things grow

April 10, 2013

By Jacinta Bender – parent and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) advocate. I’ve always loved those lyrics from the Paul Kelly song, they seem to...

Indigenous Governance Toolkit launched

April 4, 2013

“Governance is about getting things done and doing them well” Professor Mick Dodson AM Reconciliation Australia is launching today a new web-based Indigenous Governance...

National Reconciliation Week: What will you do?

April 3, 2013

All Australians are challenged to do something positive towards reconciliation during this year’s National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) and then to...


Reconciliation Action Plans – A personal reflection

March 27, 2013

By KPMG Director James Mabbott Imagine going to work and having no desk, no office and no employees.  That’s what I did in 2011...

Constitutional change in South Australia

March 26, 2013

Reconciliation Australia has welcomed amendments to the South Australian Constitution passed by the South Australia Parliament last week which officially acknowledge Aboriginal people. Reconciliation...

Job Futures 2013 National Conference

March 20, 2013

Good afternoon and many thanks to Job Futures Chair Bob Sendt, for his very warm introduction, and to DEEWR Deputy Secretary Sandra Parker for...


Creating jobs and safe workplaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

March 12, 2013

By Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong Historically Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been marginalized from many economic activities including the opportunity of...

Media Release – Election Statement 2013

March 9, 2013

In the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election and beyond, Reconciliation Australia calls for all political leaders to prioritise reconciliation between Aboriginal and...

Everybody’s Business

February 27, 2013

GenerationOne, the Australian Employment Covenant initiative, Reconciliation Australia and Social Ventures Australia have today released a step-by-step guide for managers and supervisors who are...


We need to celebrate success

February 25, 2013

By Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair Dr Tom Calma AO Recently I was privileged to attend Reconciliation Australia’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Showcase held at...

Another four years of building relationships, respect and opportunities: Statement by the Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia.

February 6, 2013

We warmly welcome the continued support of the Australian Government following the Prime Minister’s and Minister for Indigenous Affairs’ announcement to renew Reconciliation Australia’s...

Report highlights benefits of RAPs

February 4, 2013

New research released today shows Reconciliation Australia and its Reconciliation Action Plan program are having a profound impact on increasing awareness and understanding between...

Reconciliation Australia congratulates 2013 Australian of the Year winners

January 25, 2013

Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Leah Armstrong has extended her heart-felt congratulations to community leader and Aboriginal mentor Shane Phillips for receiving an Australian of...


2012: The Year of Change

December 21, 2012

By Blake Tatafu 2012 has been a year of ‘change’. I mean this in the sense of a subjective view to which applies ubiquitously to...


Melbourne Cabbies and Constitutional Change

December 12, 2012

By Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair, Melinda Cilento. Twenty years ago Paul Keating delivered his famous Redfern speech; five days ago one of Australia’s greatest living...

Redfern Speech Commemoration Statement from Co-Chairs

December 5, 2012

Statement by the Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Redfern speech Twenty years ago today Australia’s then Prime Minister, the...


Unlocking the potential of Aboriginal women and girls

December 4, 2012

By Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong I am a true believer in the investment of Aboriginal women and girls. Investing in women raises the...


Celebrating the best in Indigenous success

November 7, 2012

By Rebecca Gallegos Last month I was lucky enough to spend time with a group amazing Aboriginal people who manage some of the best...

Inspiring Australians recognised in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards

November 2, 2012

Reconciliation Australia congratulates the inspiring group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 2013 Australian of the Year state and territory finalists. In particular this...

Enter the ‘Dragon’s Den!’

October 16, 2012

By Reconciliation Australia Policy & Research Officer, India Mortlock This year, from 29 September to 4 October, the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy held...

Indigenous Governance Awards winners announced

October 15, 2012

One of Australia’s oldest and most respected Aboriginal organisations, the NPY Women’s Council, and the West Kimberley youth program, Yiriman Project have won the...


Deadly night for Debutantes!

September 27, 2012

By Nevada Brown. Not so often you hear about Debutante Balls, but this year it’s been revived. The idea sprouted from my mother Louise...


Cootamundra remembered

September 3, 2012

Last month 400 Aboriginal women and their families travelled to the town of Cootamundra in regional New South Wales to mark to the centenary...

Reconciliation Australia joins fight to end racism

August 24, 2012

Melbourne: Reconciliation Australia has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading community organisations, businesses and government agencies to support the Racism. It stops with...


Anything is possible

August 8, 2012

Patrick Johnson the current Australian world record holder for the 100metre sprint with a time of 9.93 seconds. Now that’s fast! We were lucky...

Indigenous organisations wow judges in awards program

August 6, 2012

Eight of Australia’s top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations have been selected from a record pool of nominees in the prestigious 2012 Indigenous...


Faith in reconciliation

July 24, 2012

By Policy and Research Officer, Ryan Wiggins To say the historical relationship between Christian churches and Australia’s Indigenous peoples has not been a wholly...

Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2012

July 6, 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are being asked to have their say on reconciliation in the 2012 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. The Australian Reconciliation...


Two cultures coming together

July 4, 2012

By RA Deputy CEO, Chris Kirby In June this year, Chris was part of a group who were lucky enough to travel to the...


Respect, recognition and reconciliation

June 22, 2012

By RA Policy and Research Officer, Phoebe Dent. The 3rd of June this year was a really special time to be in Townsville. It...

Reconciliation champions recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours

June 11, 2012

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair Melinda Cilento has extended her warm and heartfelt congratulations to Dr Tom Calma AO, Ms Shelley Reys AO and Mr Ivan...

Recognition is important for the nation

June 2, 2012

By Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston (ret’d) This year’s National Reconciliation Week provides a great opportunity for all Australians to learn more about how...

Look for the similarities, not the differences

June 2, 2012

By SBS Chief Political Correspondent, Karen Middleton It always puzzles me that the idea of reconciliation should ever be controversial. There will be debates...

Reconciliation starts with the truth

June 2, 2012

By comedian Kevin Kropineyri. My name is Kevin Kropinyeri I am an Aboriginal Comedian from the Ngarrindjeri Nation of the Lower River Murray in...


What is means to be Australian

June 1, 2012

By Sunrise Co-host David Koch Being Australian is all about being inclusive, accepting and celebrating our diversity. That diversity of beliefs and culture forms...


Anita Heiss talks reconciliation

May 30, 2012

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest...

Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG to deliver 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

May 29, 2012

Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG will tonight deliver the 2012 Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration for the Don Dunstan Foundation in Adelaide entitled OF CONSTITUTIONS, INTERVENTIONS...

Are young people more or less reconciled?

May 29, 2012

A youth survey launched today during National Reconciliation Week will ask whether young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians have a...

Reconciliation advanced by SA Government’s constitutional reform

May 29, 2012

The State Government’s decision to start the process to recognise Aboriginal peoples in the South Australian Constitution is a big step towards reconciliation and...


Alex Dyson’s Super Dooper Music Profile #2

May 29, 2012

As well as being dubbed “one of the nicest guys ever” by me, Dan Sultan has also been called “the contemporary Aussie Elvis” and...


Finding home in unexpected places

May 28, 2012

By Poh Ling Yeow. Poh’s interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures was first triggered at University when she chose Albert Namatjira as...


Record support for National Reconciliation Week

May 28, 2012

By Leah Armstrong I have been asked many times “what is the difference between NRW and NAIDOC week?” For me they are two sides...


Faith and reconciliation

May 26, 2012

By Archdeacon Karen Kime. I’m really excited to be supporting this year’s National Reconciliation Week. It’s a great opportunity for all Australians to celebrate...


Dreamtime at the G 2012

May 25, 2012

Excerpt from Essendon FC Chairman David Evans’ address at the Dreamtime at the G Tonight I want you to think about this. I believe...

Dr Ken Henry AC joins Reconciliation Australia Board

May 25, 2012

On the eve of National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, Reconciliation Australia has announced a significant appointment to its Board of Directors. Dr...


Connecting with Aboriginal culture

May 24, 2012

By Hugh Jackman, Hollywood star and proud Aussie When I finished high school in Sydney I decided to spend my summer vacation in central...

Sorry Day Bridge Walk

May 24, 2012

By walking together across Commonwealth Avenue Bridge tomorrow for National Sorry Day, Canberrans can take an important step in healing and reconciliation for Aboriginal...


Reconciliation is what you make it

May 23, 2012

By NSW Young Australian of the Year, Merindah Donnelly My name is Merindah and I’m a proud Wiradjuri woman, born on my father’s country...


Positive recognition works

May 21, 2012

Olympic Gold medalist Nova Peris is inspiring young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with her mentoring program, The Nova Peris Girls Academy. Here...

Record number of events to start National Reconciliation Week

May 21, 2012

A record 278 public and private events are already registered for National Reconciliation Week across the country, showing Australians are proud to recognise Aboriginal...


The story behind the dress

May 18, 2012

By Juliette Knox The Uluru dress was designed and made by Yaneira Velasquez. At the last minute, I had to step in to model...


What reconciliation means to me

May 16, 2012

By Jessica Rudd I’ve been living in Beijing for three years and London for two before that. The great thing about living elsewhere is...


Alex Dyson talks reconciliation

May 14, 2012

Hi, Alex Dyson here. Over my time working on the Triple J breakfast show I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some extraordinarily talented indigenous...


Discovering the leader in me

May 8, 2012

By Nevada Brown My journey began back in December 2011 after applying to be one of the 23 students to participate in the Cert...

Win an iPad or lunch with Mark Olive in 45 seconds

May 3, 2012

Aspiring video producers are invited to enter the inaugural online reconciliation video competition Lights, Camera, ReconciliACTION! launched today by Reconciliation Australia to promote National...


Recognising our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers

April 27, 2012

By Phoebe Dent, Policy & Research Officer for Reconciliation Australia As people gathered at the Aboriginal Memorial in bushland behind the Australian War Memorial...

Victorian ambassadors Talk Recognition for reconciliation

April 24, 2012

High profile Victorians Mark Olive, Stephanie Alexander, Wayne Quilliam and Kevin Kropinyeri have all pledged their support for reconciliation by becoming ambassadors for National...

Reconciliation ambassadors Talk Recognition

April 24, 2012

Across the country, high profile Australians from chefs, presenters and a retired Defence Force Chief to young activists, businesspeople, an Archdeacon and an international...

Reconciliation awards for local governnment

April 20, 2012

Reconciliation Australia has congratulated the Wellington and East Arnhem Shire Councils for winning the ‘promoting reconciliation category’ in the 2012 National Awards for Local...

Constitutional Recognition Campaign Director

April 17, 2012

Reconciliation Australia today announced the appointment of Tim Gartrell to lead You Me Unity—the nationwide education campaign about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...


Claire talks recognition at AIMSC Trade Show

April 5, 2012

By Claire Toepfer, Relationships Manager – Constitutional Recognition   It was a vision in the early hours of Tuesday, as business after business set...

Uncle Jimmy Little and Ned Cheedy

April 3, 2012

The reconciliation movement is saddened by the passing of two great Aboriginal leaders; music legend Dr Jimmy Little and Yindjibarndi elder Mr Ned Cheedy....


Thinking about tomorrow

April 2, 2012

By Kiyah Missen, Reconciliation Australia youth facilitator The Constitutional Recognition Forum held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) was an opportunity for...


United past ignites global meeting of Indigenous minds – the future of our Nation

March 26, 2012

By Wayne Denning, Managing Director Carbon Media. In 2010, when Carbon Media won the coveted Indigenous Governance Award, I knew we had broken the...

Calling for reconciliation events that Talk Recognition

March 23, 2012

Australians should have a barbecue or a morning tea in honour of the National Reconciliation Week theme Let’s Talk Recognition this year, Reconciliation Australia...

300th Reconciliation Action Plan – Graincorp

March 23, 2012

Reconciliation Australia has proudly endorsed the 300th Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) launched by GrainCorp, Australia’s largest listed agribusiness, at a special function in Sydney....


Reflections on the Close the Gap campaign

March 23, 2012

By Dr Tom Calma, Reconciliation Australia Co-Chair and former Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair As we mark the sixth annual Close the Gap Day,...

New additions to Reconciliation Australia Board

March 22, 2012

Sydney: Reconciliation Australia today welcomed two new members to the organisation’s Board of Directors. At the first Board meeting of the year, Co-Chairs Dr...

New additions to Reconciliation Australia Board

March 22, 2012

Sydney: Reconciliation Australia today welcomed two new members to the organisation’s Board of Directors. At the first Board meeting of the year, Co-Chairs Dr...

Support for constitutional change

March 15, 2012

The reference group established to help generate community awareness of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians could be recognised in the Constitution met...

Young leaders unite for Constitutional change

March 14, 2012

The next generation of Indigenous leaders will gather in Sydney today for a four day youth forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and...

First female Indigenous archdeacon

February 28, 2012

Reconciliation Australia congratulates Biripa woman Karen Kime on her recent ordination as the first female Aboriginal archdeacon in the Anglican Church in Australia. Co-Chair...

Respectful relationships the key to stronger futures in the Northern Territory

February 28, 2012

On 27 February 2012, the House of Representatives passed three bills to replace the Northern Territory Emergency Response Act 2007 which is due to...


Constitutional recognition report presented to USA

February 27, 2012

By Leah Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer Reconciliation Australia This week I travelled to the USA where I presented the Expert Panel’s report Recognising Aboriginal...


Reconciliation Australia welcomes support for constitutional recognition

February 16, 2012

By Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma The Prime Minister’s continuing commitment to constitutional recognition is exciting and we are...

Close the Gap announcement

February 15, 2012

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma have welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement that Reconciliation Australia is to lead the...

Joint statement or open letter on Constitutional Recognition from Reconciliation Network

February 11, 2012

An Open Letter to the People of Australia On the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the Australian Reconciliation Network...

RAP Impact Measurement Report – relationships key to creating sustainable opportunities

February 5, 2012

A new report highlighting the achievements Australian workplaces are making towards reconciliation shows organisations with culturally safe environments are more likely to have sustainable...

Nominations open for 2012 Indigenous Governance Awards

February 1, 2012

Reconciliation Australia is looking for outstanding examples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and projects to be part of the 2012 Indigenous Governance...


Positive actions create change

January 31, 2012

By Leah Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer The recent events have demonstrated how important our work is to achieving a united and reconciled Australia.  I...

Transcript of Tom Calma ABC radio interview with Paula Tapiolas

January 27, 2012

Introduction by Paula Tapiolas online: In the aftermath of the Prime Minister and Tony Abbott being whisked away by police after the protests by...

Congratulations to the winner of the Senior Australian of the Year 2012

January 25, 2012

Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Leah Armstrong has extended her warm congratulations to this year’s Senior Australian of the Year recipient Laurie Baymarrwangga. “The Australian...

Indigenous Australian of the Year finalists recognised

January 24, 2012

Reconciliation Australia will recognise the contribution that prominent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians have made to the nation at a...

Constitutiuonal Recognition report release

January 19, 2012

Reconciliation Australia believes that recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution would prove a huge boost for reconciliation. Welcoming...

Response to media comments over Constitutional reform

December 19, 2011

Reconciliation Australia has urged all Australians to wait until the Expert Panel releases its final report on Constitutional recognition before ruling out any reform...

Graham Evans retires from Reconciliation Australia Board

November 18, 2011

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma have announced that Graham Evans will stand down as a Board member after six...

Reconciliation Australia responds to Business Council’s report

November 14, 2011

Reconciliation Australia has welcomed the Business Council of Australia’s (BCA) third annual survey report, Vision and Values: Working Together to Close the Gap. The...


Footy fans embrace reconciliation!

October 13, 2011

This year’s NRL Grand Final was a great chance for footy fans to learn more about constitutional recognition as ANTaR and Reconciliation Australia took...


Too Deadly

September 29, 2011

Reconciliation Australia was once again proud to sponsor this year’s Deadly Awards which were held at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. Both...


“Women hold up half the sky” – Chinese proverb

September 26, 2011

By Leah Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer For three days in September, I had the privilege to be a part of an historic discussion on...


Celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day

September 7, 2011

Reconciliation Australia was pleased to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) as they launched Indigenous Literacy Day at Parliament House in Canberra today. The...