State of Reconciliation in Australia 2021

Reporting on the State of Reconciliation

The 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia report captures a snapshot of where we are on our reconciliation journey, where we need to go, and how we are going to get there.

The second such report, it builds upon the first State of Reconciliation in Australia Report, produced in 2016, which identified for the first time the five dimensions of reconciliation—Historical Acceptance; Race Relations; Equality and Equity; Institutional Integrity; and Unity.

2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report: Moving from safe to brave

Drawing on data from the 2020 Australian Reconciliation Barometer, the views key of First Nations leaders, and practical examples of reconciliation in action, the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia report identifies progress, as well as areas that need attention if we are to move forward.

The 2021 report finds that support for reconciliation is growing and that more Australians now understand the impact of colonialism and the modern Australian state on First Nations families and communities.

The evidence in the report suggests that the reconciliation movement in Australia is at a tipping point, and that we as a nation need to move from a space of ‘safe’ to ‘brave’ on issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Recommended actions include truth-telling, and actively addressing issues of inequality, systemic racism, and instances in which the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied, or reduced.

Read the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Summary Report 

Read the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Full Report (62 pages) 

Read the Media Release