Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and home to the world’s oldest continuing culture. We have a highly skilled workforce and a proud history of democracy and stable government.
Australia’s Indigenous peoples have lived on and managed the land for more than 60,000 years however, the early treatment of Australia’s Indigenous population was marked by conflict and mistreatment.
In 2008, the Australian Parliament passed a motion of Apology to Indigenous Australians for past mistreatment and injustices, especially the Stolen Generations, who were Indigenous children forcibly removed from their families. National Sorry Day is held every year on 26 May to remember and acknowledge this mistreatment. In July each year, NAIDOC Week celebrations mark the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 1901, Australia became a nation, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. One year later, Australia became one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote.
In 1945, Australia became a founding member of the United Nations.
We take our international responsibilities seriously and work closely with other countries to promote peace and security. Since 1947, over 65,000 Australians have served in more than 50 peace and security operations around the world.