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  • The 2016 NAIDOC grant funding round has now closed. Good luck to all of those who got their applications in.

    We can’t wait to see the range of fantastic events run across the country this year to celebrate our cultures, history and achievements during NAIDOC Week 3-10 July.



  • Nominations for the 2016 National NAIDOC Awards have now closed.

    We are inspired by the quality of nominations this year! Good luck to all of the nominees!

    The winners will be announced at the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Darwin on Friday 8 July, 2016. Sign up to the NAIDOC newsletter for updates on when tickets will be available.

  • Entries for the Poster competition are now CLOSED! Good luck to all the artists who have submitted artwork.



  • 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.

  • For the latest news about celebrating NAIDOC Week, subscribe to the National NAIDOC Newsletter. You will be the first to receive updates about:

    • The NAIDOC Week dates, theme and host city
    • Submitting an artwork in the National NAIDOC Poster Competition
    • Nominating a community member for a National NAIDOC Award
    • Tickets for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony
    • Ordering the National NAIDOC Poster and merchandise
    • Using the National NAIDOC Logo on your promotional material
    • Funding for local NAIDOC Week activities
    • Local NAIDOC Week calendar of events

NAIDOC Week 2016: 3-10 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.