Timeline: 2010-2019


State of the world’s Indigenous People documented globally
New ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner’ starts
Vindaloo against Violence
Indigenous peoples written into State Constitution
Andrew Forrest launches Generation One
Summit on cyber racism
Australian Multicultural Affairs Council launches The People of Australia
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Victorian Premier supports multicultural growth
Julia Gillard becomes Australia’s first female Prime Minister
First Aboriginal Australian elected to House of Representatives
Expanding community – based detention arrangements are announced


Involuntary repatriation of failed Afghan asylum-seekers
NSW Department of Education and Training’s Anti-Racism Policy
The People of Australia-Australia’s Multicultural Policy launched
Minister delivers on government commitment
Research highlights refugee contributions
Government signs ‘Malaysia Arrangement’
High Court rejects Malaysia arrangement
Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report 2011 launched
RCOA celebrates its 30th anniversary
UNHCR commemorates convention anniversaries
Federal Court of Australia rules on discriminatory comments made by Andrew Bolt


Number of places in the Migration Program increases
Australia’s policy of mandatory detention
Asylum seekers and crew loss of life reaches 964
Prime Minister seeks advice to safeguard asylum seekers
Stronger Futures legislation passed by senate
National Anti-Racism Strategy Racism. It stops with me. campaign
Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers is released
Australian Multicultural Council (AMC)
Applications invited for Multicultural Arts and Festival Grants
Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program funds available
Australia transfers asylum seekers to Nauru
New President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Australia transfers asylum seekers to Manus Island


ABS commences the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 passes the House of Representatives
Ernie Bridge dies
Adam Giles becomes first Indigenous head of government
Amendments to the South Australian Constitution give recognition to Australia’s Aboriginal peoples
Australia’s population reaches 23 million
Families to be considered for bridging visas but ‘no advantage’ principle applies


Adam Goodes urges Australians to take a stand against racism
Draft changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
Syrians displaced
‘People have the right to be bigots’


Racial Discrimination Act – 40 yrs
Nauru allegations review is released
More humanitarian places available to refugees from Syria and Iraq
AHC releases guide for government to build strong, cohesive communities
Bendigo to develop a cultural diversity plan
Australian Border Force Act
‘The Forgotten Children’ report
Bendigo’s anti-mosque protest
“Je suis Charlie” vigils across Australia


Elimination of Racial Discrimination day, 50th anniversay
First Aboriginal woman elected to serve in the House of Representatives
Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership launch
Indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers continues
Walk Together events
Wotton v State of Queensland
Yule River Bush Meeting – ‘Now here we are, fighting for our rights’
One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson’s “Swamped by Muslims” maiden speech’
Dondale Detention Centre mistreatment of Aboriginal youth
National census a culturally diverse community
“Moomba Riots”


Challenging Racism Project 2015-16 National Survey Report released
Report shows increase in Antisemitism
ANTaR calls for an alternative date for Australia day
Uluru Statement from the Heart
Senator Pauline Hanson wears a burqa into the Senate
Aboriginal woman, Ms Dhu denied medical attention and dies in custody


Reconciliation Barometer launched
“It’s ok to be white” Bill
Population reaches 25 million
Immigration numbers cut
Call for restrictions on immigration based on religion
Concerns about immigration


First Aboriginal Member of Parliament responsible for Indigenous Affairs – Hon. Ken Wyatt
Senate censures controversial politician Fraser Anning over Christchurch shooting comments
Attack on a Mosque in Christchurch NZ
Sonia Kruger’s Islamophobia judged as racial vilification
Manus Island detainee calls out Australia’s Government’s cruel treatment of refugees at the UN

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