People inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years before it was colonised by mostly white English settlers in the 18th Century.
The line to be removed in the anthem, which is called Advance Australia Fair, is “For we are young and free”. Instead people will sing “For we are one and free.”
Earlier this year, the leader of New South Wales state, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, suggested the change, saying the current wording ignored Australia’s “proud First Nations culture”.
“It recognises the distance we have travelled as a nation. It recognises that our national story is drawn from more than 300 national ancestries and language groups and we are the most successful multicultural nation on earth.”
He also said the change celebrated the unity Australia formed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese commented that the country “should be proud of the fact that we have the oldest continuous civilisation on the planet right here with First Nations people”.
In recent years Australia has made greater efforts to recognise indigenous history in cultural and political events.