The Government is committed to a Reconciliation agenda, which recognises and celebrates Aboriginal culture.

Reconciliation Week

Between 27 May and 3 June every year, Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week which marks two significant milestones in Australia's Reconciliation journey:

  • On 27 May 1967, 90% of voters gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, and for Aboriginal people to be recognised in the national census. It was Australia’s most successful referendum.
  • On 3 June 1992, the High Court delivered its landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised that Aboriginal peoples have a special and ongoing relationship to the land. This recognition paved the way for Native Title land rights.

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique culture and history of Aboriginal people.

South Australian Government Reconciliation Week Calendar 2018 (384 KB, PDF)

Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs)

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet, along with other State Government departments, has formalised its commitment to Reconciliation in a Reconciliation Action Plan.

RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. The RAP initiative was established by Reconciliation Australia in 2006, with finalised RAPs registered with Reconciliation Australia.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is currently finalising its Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 and it will be made available online once it has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.


Each year, Australians come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week and to honour the history, culture, contribution and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2018, NAIDOC Week ran from 8 to 15 July, with the theme ‘Because Of Her, We Can’, which celebrated the essential role that women have played, and continue to play, as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

All South Australians are encouraged to participate in the annual celebrations and activities that take place across Adelaide and in the various regions of South Australia, which are released in a NAIDOC Week calendar of activities each year.

Premier's NAIDOC Award

The Premier’s NAIDOC Award recognises the outstanding achievements and service of an extraordinary South Australian who has made a significant contribution to the lives of Aboriginal people in South Australia

The 2018 winner, Ms Joyleen Thomas, was announced during a ceremony at Ayers House on 12 July 2018.

A highly-respected and proud Kokatha woman, Ms Thomas’ personal commitment and tireless leadership in advancing Native Title business for the Kokatha Nation in the north of South Australia has been outstanding, and she is highly commended by her community. She has been a leader in Aboriginal engagement and public-sector employment for many years and has provided unwavering commitment and dedication to the celebration, arrangement and governance of NAIDOC activities in South Australia.

Ms Thomas is often called upon by her community to deal with administrative, political, social and cultural issues, and has made a significant difference to the lives and welfare of her people.

Past recipients of the Premier’s NAIDOC Award include:

  • 2017 – Frank Wanganeen and Alice Rigney (posthumous award)
  • 2016 – Wendy Edmonson
  • 2015 – Lavene Ngatokorua and Kali Hayward
  • 2014 – Josie Agius
  • 2013 – Nici Cumpston
  • 2012 – Linda Clayton
  • 2011 – Vince Coulthard
  • 2010 – Marj Tripp
  • 2009 – Sharon Gollan
  • 2008 – Jean Agius
  • 2007 – Faith Thomas

For more information

Phone 08 8226 8900
Fax 08 8226 8999

Related links

Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation South Australia

RAP Online Hub

National NAIDOC