Australia Day Address

Australia Day Address serves to focus our attention on what that means to be Australian.

Since 1997 the Address has drawn on distinguished members from within the community to express their unique perspective on our nation’s identity and the diversity of our society. Each year the speaker is encouraged to share their experiences and reflect upon our history and our future, securing the Address as one of the most important Australia Day initiatives.

Speakers from previous years include Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Associate Professor Charlie Teo AM and Kurt Fearnely OAM. Social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the 2019 Australia Day Address.


The 2021 Australia Day Address speaker will be announced later this year.


NSW Government Health Orders

The safety of our guests is paramount. A precautionary approach will be taken to ensure the Australia Day Address complies with current NSW Government Public Health Orders, which may include rescheduling the event. Guests attending the Address will be required to agree to conditions of entry.



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