Career_Dreaming_brandingAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education and cultural events calendar for schools and universities. Feedback on the digital calendar is welcome, including advice of any errors or omissions - please email Please note: MATSITI project activities concluded on 31 March 2016. The calendar is unlikely to be updated after June 30 2016.

While MATSITI makes every effort to ensure the information in our calendar is correct, we are not responsible for organising the events listed, including any changes to dates, times or venues. The events listed on this website may include views or recommendations of third parties which do not necessarily reflect the views of MATSITI or indicate our commitment to a particular course of action. In no occurrence shall MATSITI be liable for any injury, loss or damage resulting from attending these events.

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Wirlburu season - Northern Western Australia
The Yawuru people of Northern Western Australia recognise six seasons. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months: Mankala – December to March; Marul – April; Wirralburu – May; Barrgana – June to… Continue reading
David Unaipon Birthday
David Unaipon (28 September 1872 – 7 February 1967) was a well-known Indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Unaipon’s contribution to Australian society helped to break many Indigenous Australian stereotypes and… Continue reading
Ken Wyatt Maiden Speech Anniversary
Ken Wyatt, the member for Hasluck, WA, was the first Aboriginal member of the House of Representatives. He gave his maiden speech to Federal Parliament on Wednesday 29th September 2010.
Bandenyirrin season - NW Northern Territory
The Gadgerong people of the North West Northern Territory observe 3 seasons within their Monsoon Tropics climate. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months: Mayurr – January to March; Nguag/Gagulong – April… Continue reading
Indigenous People's Day
Indigenous People’s Day (also known as Native American Day) is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States, begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote… Continue reading
Uluru handback to traditional owners
25th October 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the return of Uluru to its traditional owners. For more information see
World Teachers' Day (Australia)
The international holiday of World Teacher’s Day was established by UNESCO on October 5, 1994. Australian schools generally are on holiday at this time in October, so in Australia the holiday is normally celebrated on the last… Continue reading
42nd Anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act
On 13 February 1975, the late Kep Enderby, Attorney-General during the Whitlam Government, introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives. The Bill would pass in the Parliament in June 1975, receiving its… Continue reading
Parra'dowee season - NE NSW Central East Coast
The D’harawal people from the North Eastern NSW Central East Coast recognise six seasons. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months: Time of Burran – Gadalung Marool (hot and dry) – January… Continue reading
International Day for Tolerance
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November.
Sir Douglas “Doug” Nicholls, was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation. Nicholls was the first Aboriginal person… Continue reading
On 6 December 1938 Wallithica Elder William Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition which condemned the “cruel persecution of the Jewish people… Continue reading
Native Title Bill passed in the Senate in 1993
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Christmas Day Public Holiday