When is WA Day?

WA Day is always held on the first Monday in June. In 2020, it will be on Monday 1 June.


What is WA Day?

In April 2012, Foundation Day was formally changed to WA Day following bipartisan political support in the Western Australian Parliament.

This welcomed in a new era for the State with WA Day being a universal celebration of all Western Australians, recognising our Aboriginal history, early European settlers and the many people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Western Australia their home.

As a vast geographic area comprising many different urban, rural and regional communities, as well as being a very multicultural community, the emphasis for WA Day celebrations is on inclusion of all people no matter how long they have called themselves Western Australians.


What happened in 2020? 

We all want to celebrate the best of WA each year, however, in 2020 we put public health first and foremost because of COVID-19. With great sadness the 2020 WA Day Festival events around WA were cancelled. Read our full statement here.


Will the Western Australian of the Year Awards be presented in 2020?

Regrettably, we have cancelled the Western Australian of the Year Awards 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards will be carried forward to 2021 to ensure that we continue to recognise the talented Western Australians who have been put forward for this honour.

During these challenging times we would like all Western Australians to remain proud of the many achievements of our State and admire the resilience of all the people who live here.


What will happen in 2021?

In 2021, the following events will return bigger and better than ever:

–         The 2021 Western Australian of Year Awards gala dinner at Crown Perth on Friday 4 June.

–          The WA Day Festival at Burswood Park on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 June.

–          SOTA (State of the Art) Music Festival at Burswood Park on Monday 7 June.

–          Satellite WA Day Festival and SOTA events across WA on WA Day long weekend, Saturday 5 June through to Monday 7 June.

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