National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2019

For more than thirty years, the 4th of August has been recognised as National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day as we celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children.

The first National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day was celebrated in 1988, Australia’s bicentennial anniversary, as our First Nations communities rose in protest over the treatment of Aboriginal children and the widening gap in education and childcare.


Image Credit: SNAICC


This year’s theme, We Play, We Learn, We Belong, promotes early education and care which is vital in improving the sobering statistics around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children:

  • Twice as likely as non-Indigenous children to be developmentally vulnerable and subsequently, leave school early and have poorer life outcomes.
  • Half as likely as non-Indigenous children to access early children.
We play on our land.
We learn from our ancestors.
We belong with our communities.

You can read more about SNAICC, Australia’s voice for indigenous children, here.

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