National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

​​​National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is held on 4 August each year and is coordinated by the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care.

It is a time for early childhood services and schools to celebrate the strengths and culture of Koorie children, as well as learn about the important role that community, culture and family play in the life of every Koorie child.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2017​​

The theme for Children’s Day 2017 is Value Our Rights, Respect Our Culture, Bring Us Home, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report and the many benefits children experience when they are raised with strong connections to family and culture.

Published in 1997, the seminal Bringing them Home Report exposed the violations of fundamental human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities through the policies and practices of the Stolen Generations.​

Resources for holding your own event

Early childhood services and schools are encouraged to hold their own event to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. For further information, and for resources and ideas:

Department initiatives

For more information on the Department of Education and Training’s early childhood initiatives see: