To: the Australian Federal Government

Students for changing the Date of Australia Day

January 26 is not something to celebrate. This date represents the beginning of the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; more than 200 years of violence and oppression; and contemporary disadvantages that Indigenous Australians face. Supporters should sign our petition and ignite this conversation so that we can enact real change.

Why is this important?

The Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students is solely dedicated to aiding the voice of ATSI undergraduates across Australia. In a joint partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and the NUS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Department, UATSIS is petitioning for a change to the date of Australia Day.

As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the celebration of the arrival of the First Fleet promotes the highest degree of negativity. This event marked the beginning of oppression for the Indigenous population that perpetuates disadvantage and structural violence to this day.

Furthermore, as representatives of undergraduate students, many of those which are of younger generations, we respect the cultural importance of this change in reconciliation between the past, present, and future, as well as between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Not only is this change important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, it also is crucial in the restoration of a fractured history which is divided by white and black voices.

UATSIS and the NUS are supportive in a change to the date of Australia Day to promote the healing and reconciliation of the relationship between settler-colonial society and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

Stand with us in solidarity by signing this petition to #changethedate

Reasons for signing

  • Australia Day must be 1 January to celebrate 1901 Federation. 26 January is NSW anniversary only.
  • Invasion is not a celebration
  • I'm horrified that we celebrate Australia Day on a day when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians were subjected to a violence and oppression which is still being denied by our government and not fully comprehended by so many others


2018-01-28 10:30:12 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-01-24 14:02:55 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-01-23 22:32:03 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-01-19 20:58:19 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-01-19 18:11:31 +1100

10 signatures reached