Day, 26 January, is a community day with formal and informal ceremonies for all
Australians around the world. It is the
biggest day of celebration in Australia
and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.
Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and
being Australian. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an
even better place for the future.
In 2007, then Prime Minister John Howard said, "On Australia Day, we celebrate the Australian
achievement and recommit ourselves to preserving this nation's precious gifts
of liberty, opportunity, fairness and mateship. ...
Wherever Australians gather - in parks, at the beach, or just at home in the
back yard - this is a day to reflect on what being an Australian means to each
significance of the date, January 26, was when Captain Arthur Phillip took
formal possession of the colony of New
South Wales and became its first Governor in 1788.