According to the National Australia Day Council (NADC), “Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history”.
The Meaning and Origins of Australia Day
According to NADC, Australia Day acknowledges contributions that every Australian makes to our nation right from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - who have occupied this land for more than 65,000 years - to those who have come from all parts of the world to call Australia home.
The 26 January is an important date in Australia's history that has changed over time: It started as a day marking the emancipated convicts and has evolved into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation's diverse people.
What do Australians typically do on Australia Day?
Australians are hard-working people who also like to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and make the most of Australia’s climate and beautiful outdoors. On Australia Day, Australians celebrate all things Australian like land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy and particularly Australian people.
Over 50% of Australians participate in Australia Day events either organised by State Governments, local councils, community groups or just getting together with family and friends. It is also a day where over 16,000 new Australians become citizens taking part in citizenship ceremonies across Australia.
Australia Day events around Australia:
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Australia’s Honour Role
Each year, on Australia Day, Citizens are honoured for their achievements towards contributing to Australia and Awards are bestowed either for ‘Citizen of the Year’ or ‘Australian of the Year’ on Australia Day.
Government departments and agencies can also honour their staff on Australia Day with the awarding of Australia Day Achievement Medallions and Lapel Pins
Enjoying Australia Day - Assistance with socialising for elderly loved ones
Older Australians are encouraged to socialise and keep active and there is no better time than over the Australia Day long weekend. We know that taking elderly loved ones or those living with a disability out to public events can be challenging for primary carers but Right at Home offices around Australia are set up to assist, making the day enjoyable and helping clients to feel connected. Organise family outings or look for festivities to attend with your elderly loved ones and if you need assistance with the outings call Right at Home Australia on 1300 363 802 or visit our website
To end on an inspirational note, view the NADC site which showcases an inspirational video that show the diversity of Australia and how Australia is made up of citizens with so many stories to tell.
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Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.
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