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  • Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

    For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.

    Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores.  These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 13 and over are encouraged to start working on entries for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition.  The artwork must reflect the 2016 National NAIDOC theme,

    Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

    The competition is an opportunity for one lucky Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist aged 13 years or older to be recognised across Australia.

    The winning artwork will be used to create the 2016 National NAIDOC Poster which will promote NAIDOC Week 2016 across the country. The winning entry also attracts a $5000 cash prize.

  • The National NAIDOC Committee encourages people to acknowledge the contributions and talents of outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals by nominating them for a National NAIDOC Award. There are ten categories covering the fields of art, education and training, sport, environment and leadership.


    Winners will be honoured during NAIDOC Week at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Darwin on Friday 8 July 2016.


  • On Monday 26 October 2015 we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the handback of Uluru to the Anangu traditional owners. The 1985 handback was one of the most historic and important moments for Indigenous land rights in Australia. It also paved the way for the lease agreement which now sees Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park managed jointly by Anangu and the Director of National Parks

    As the oldest continuing culture on the planet, the living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is intrinsically linked with sacred places. This year’s National NAIDOC theme ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’ was specifically chosen to highlight the Handback anniversary of these sacred sites to the Anangu traditional owners.


    A selection panel met in September to assess over 40 quality expressions of interest submitted to join the National NAIDOC Committee.


    Three positions were up for renewal for a term that will see the successful applicant’s hold a seat on the Committee until 2018.

    The panel said it was a difficult task to select only three applicants out of such a high calibre of submissions.


NAIDOC Week 2015: 5-12 July

Welcome to the official NAIDOC website.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.