Australian Citizenship Day
Each year, 17th September is Australian Citizenship Day and a special day to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen. Australian citizenship is more than just a legal status. It is our common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation. This day contributes to educating students and bring greater cultural awareness, a sense of social unity and belonging for all Australians.
Citizenship Day follows National Wattle Day on 1st September, a day to recognise Australia's floral emblem. Find out more here.
What are our values?
The common values held by people living in Australia are an important aspect of our democracy. As a class, brainstorm and list values that are important to Australians -‘A fair go’. Invite students to explore Australian values further by surveying members of the community. Students could interview three people and ask them to identify the three values that are important to them. Students then reflect on the values that they consider to be most important.
Explore the words and meaning behind the Australian Affirmation.
Ask your students to write a welcome message to new Australian citizens.
What do you think it means to be an Australian Citizen?
What does being an active citizen mean?
Why was Australian Citizenship Day introduced?
There are plenty of tools and ideas to help your students get involved in Australian Citizenship Day. Click below to access them.
Presenting your Aussie of the Month during Australian Citizenship Day
Who could you invite to present the award?
The mayor or member from your local council
A community member who recently received their Australian citizenship.