Remembrance Day 2021
Remembrance Day is one of the most significant and poignant days on the Australian calendar, as we unite to pause, remember, and honour Australian service personnel who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts, and peace keeping operations. Our nation stands in silent reflection for one minute on 11 November to commemorate and honour the courage and sacrifice of all Australians who have served their country.
Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the guns falling silent on the Western Front at 11 am on 11 November 1918 after the bloodshed of the First World War.
For more information, please see the webpage of the Australian War Memorial at: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance-day
LGBTI: Supporting equal rights
Embassy staff at Vienna Pride 2021 (copyright: Australian Embassy)
Australia believes that nobody should be discriminated against for who they are or who they love. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusion benefits everyone.
On this basis, Australia joined 44 embassies, diplomatic missions, and international organisations based in Vienna, Austria, in support and recognition of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2021, and joined the Vienna Pride on 19 June. See full statement of the Diplomats for Equality group.
In Hungary, the Australian Embassy joined the statement of 41 diplomatic representations and cultural institutions in support of the 26th Budapest Pride Festival taking place from 25 June to 25 July 2021. Please read the joint statement issued on 19 July ahead of the 24 July Pride March here.
To mark the 2021 Pride events on 24 July and 21 August in Slovakia, Australia joined 44 diplomatic representations, human rights institutions, and the City of Bratislava, and issued a statement to reaffirm our commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all. For the full statement, please refer here.
Celebrating NAIDOC week: 4-11 July 2021
Sunday 4 July marks the beginning of NAIDOC week in Australia - a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Communities throughout Australia hold activities and celebrations during NAIDOC week, including community barbeques, historical visits and cultural performances. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’.
During NAIDOC week, Australia highlights the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage as part of Australia’s national identity. This year’s theme, Heal Country, calls for continued focus on greater protections of Australia's lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage.
To learn more about NAIDOC week, see https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2021-theme
National Reconciliation Week - 27 May – 3 June
Australia marks National Reconciliation Week every year from 27 May to 3 June, during which we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and promote reconciliation with non-Indigenous peoples.
These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Australian reconciliation journey — starting with the successful 1967 referendum when more than 90 per cent of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census. The week ends on the anniversary of Australia’s land High Court decision in the Mabo case when the court recognised native title for the first time.
2021 marks almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process and incorporates the theme ‘More than a Word, Reconciliation Takes Action’, which urges those that are involved in the reconciliation movement toward braver and more impactful action.
For more information on what reconciliation action the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is taking, visit here.
The Contribution of Indigenous Australia to our diplomacy
On 20 May 2021 Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, gave an important speech outlining how the department intends to build Indigenous Australia into its diplomacy and create an authentically Australian foreign service.
Read her speech here.
International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) - 17 May 2021
Australia joins citizens from around the world in celebrating the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2020. This important day celebrates diversity and inclusion and raises awareness of the work still needed to combat discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people around the world. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusion benefits everyone.
Australia has joined 44 embassies, diplomatic missions, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and international organisations based in Vienna, Austria, in welcoming IDAHOBIT. See full statement of the Diplomats for Equality group.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
Messages of condolence on the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh can be made using the online or downloadable form at https://www.pmc.gov.au/his-royal-highness-duke-edinburgh. Messages will be sent to Buckingham Palace and archived by the Commonwealth of Australia.
The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission in Vienna held an exploratory discussion about expanding business and investment opportunities between Austria and Australia via a new networking platform, ABIE Austria, on 31 March.
For those who did not have an opportunity to attend, find out more via this brief concept note.
Anzac Day 2021
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia's and New Zealand's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing in Gallipoli in 1915, the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Anzac Day is a day of national remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders. We remember and reflect on the service of our men and women in all conflicts and in peacekeeping operations. We honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that our nations may enjoy the freedoms they have today. And we pay our respects to those who continue to serve our nations today.
The soldiers who landed in Gallipoli quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day. The spirit of the original Anzacs — courage, mateship and sacrifice — has passed to all who served our countries. This spirit forms part of Australia's and New Zealand’s national identities.
Watch a 2021 Anzac Day video message from New Zealand Ambassador Nicole Roberton and Australian Ambassador Richard Sadleir.
Follow the Australian War Memorial's livestreaming of its Dawn Service (5:30 am AEST/8:30 pm CET on 24 April) and a National Ceremony (10:30 am AEST/1:30 am CET on 25 April) via:
Official Anzac Day events in New Zealand will be broadcasted on national television, on TVNZ. Māori TV will also be providing live coverage of the 6:00 am Dawn Service in Auckland. Please check for updates at Events | Ministry for Culture and Heritage for live streaming on the day.
Commemorate Anzac Day in your own way by accessing the Anzac Day portal and kitbag provided by the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs, the Australian War Memoral Anzac at Home webpage, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for more ideas.
The Australian War Memorial will be publishing rich media content on its website, encouraging personal commemoration, engagement with Australia’s military history and with its national collection.
- #AnzacAtHome portal – ideas on how to commemorate the day virtually
- AWM Podcast – Episode to be released on 15 April about the Lone pine
- Blog articles – Selection of articles with a contemporary veteran focus
- 3D Treasures – online gallery of objects from the AWM collection in 3D
- Museum At Home hub - stories about our nation's servicemen and servicewomen and the Australian experience of war
Hear from veterans sharing their stories and talking about Anzac Day and their military experience.
You can also experience some of the Gallipoli sites of World War I via the ANZAC Walk podcast.
For families we encourage you to commemorate the spirit of Anzac Day in a way that suits you, e.g. by participating in one of the following activities:
Support our troops overseas and send an email to express support and thoughts to Australian troops via [email protected]. The emails are very much appreciated by Australian Defence Force members on operations away from their families.
Donate to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA), the organisation that makes sure former service personnel and their families get the support they need.
Did you know?
- Australian and New Zealand soldiers quickly became known as 'diggers' on Gallipoli because so much of their time was spent digging trenches.
- Australia's Prime Minister during most of the First World War, Billy Hughes, was first nicknamed 'the Little Digger' in 1916.
- Commemorative services were held as early as 25 April 1916, but the term 'dawn service' is not recorded until the 1920s. The first official dawn wreath laying service was held at Sydney's Cenotaph on Anzac Day 1928.
- During the First World War, some soldiers of the Australian Light Horse decorated their slouch hats with a plume of emu feathers. It was a tradition started by mounted troops in Queensland before the war.
- The Victoria Cross is the highest Australian military award for bravery in battle. Since 1900, 100 Australians have received the Victoria Cross.
- Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. Sprigs of rosemary are traditionally worn as a symbol of remembrance on Anzac Day.
- The felt slouch hat has been worn by the Australian Army since 1903. Soldiers wear the left side of the hat turned up to avoid catching their rifles on the hat's brim during parades.
- New Zealanders have marked the landings at Gallipoli since news of the event first reached the country, and Anzac Day has been a public holiday since 1921. On this day the people of New Zealand acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who have died in warfare and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
- About 60 per cent of New Zealanders who served in the First World War became casualties (i.e. were unable to fight, temporarily or permanently), compared with about 25 per cent of those who served in the Second World War.
- Over time there have been changes in the way that the day has been commemorated, reflecting the changing features and concerns of New Zealand society. During the Second World War, for example, there was increased interest and a heightened sense of the relevance of Anzac Day; in the 1960s and decades following it was from time to time used as a platform for anti-war and other social protests.
- The number of New Zealanders attending Anzac Day events in New Zealand, and at Gallipoli, is increasing. For some younger people, the sombre focus of the day receives less emphasis than do the more celebratory aspects of a national holiday. For most, though, the day is an occasion on which to formally pay tribute and to remember.
Australia Day 2021
2021 Video message from H.E. Ambassador Richard Sadleir
On Australia Day we celebrate our nation, honour its achievements, reflect on our triumphs and tragedies and celebrate the people who are all part of the story of Australia.
This year, connecting with others is particularly challenging given the COVID-19 pandemic. But we look forward to the time when we can connect with each other as we used to. Until then, we hope that our special Australia Day feature on this website will allow you to celebrate with us virtually, and we invite you to share these resources with your family and friends.
We know that the date of Australia Day has long been difficult for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We aspire to an Australia Day that can increasingly include recognition and celebration of the importance and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to our nation.
I wish all Australians in the region, and all friends of Australia, a happy Australia Day.
National anthem: Australian musicians in Vienna
Performed by Chris Bainbridge, Antonio Chorbadzhiyski, Karl Huml, Jon Lovell, Alexander Nicholls, Kate Rafferty, Aaron Reichelt, Sonja Schebeck.
Arrangement by Kate Rafferty. Original piece by Peter Dodds McCormick.
Australia Day activities for kids
DFAT has collaborated with leading Australian gamification experts PentaQuest and Chaos Theory Games to create KangaZoo, a mobile simulation game that promotes the beauty and diversity of Australian wildlife. You play as an Australian park ranger in training, your job is to explore the great outdoors to rescue injured native animals and discover local flora.
Rescue, rehabilitate and release animals to become a better ranger and gain access to national parks across Australia, unlocking a whole new world of native flora and fauna!
It’s colouring in time! (Australia Day Council of NSW)
Have a gander! Aussie Slang dictionary and quiz (Australia Day Council of NSW)
Say G’day to Aussie AR Animals (Google Augmented Reality)
More ideas for Australia Day in lockdown
20 activities to keep the kids entertained (Tourism Australia)
STEM activities at home (CSIRO)
Down Under Escape: Digital Care Package (Australia in the USA)
Active at home (Australian Sports Commission)
Looking after your mental health during COVID-19 restrictions (Department of Health)
Video: The Story of Australia
Australian of the Year
Celebrating the inspiring stories of some of this year's Australian of the Year nominees. Click on each nominee to learn more.
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