An indigenous political party has held a rally in the nation's capital on Australia Day to mark its planned participation in the federal election.

Australian First Nation's Political Party (AFNPP) founder Maurie Japarta Ryan on Saturday led a group of Aboriginal people and supporters to the steps of Old Parliament House, across the road from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Mr Ryan, who is from the Northern Territory, told the crowd his family had been in Australia for 60,000 years and 2400 generations. He announced the AFNPP would run candidates in this year's federal election, due in the second half of this year, to give a voice to issues affecting indigenous communities.

AAP