NAIDOC WEEK 8-15 JULY 2018
8 of the 10 NAIDOC Committee members

Committee

The National NAIDOC Committee make key decisions on National NAIDOC activities including the focus city, the theme, the National NAIDOC Poster Competition winner and the National NAIDOC Awards winners.

The National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) make key decisions on National NAIDOC activities including the dates for the week-long celebrations, the focus city, the theme, the National NAIDOC Poster Competition winner and the National NAIDOC Awards winners.

The NNC is a voluntary Committee independent of Government and comprises of eight committee members and two co-chairs. NNC members are appointed for a term of three years following a following a public expression of interest process.

Decisions on NAIDOC were once made by the National Aborigines’ and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee that gave the celebrations their name. Between 1997 and 2004, this role was performed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). With the abolition of ATSIC in March 2005, an interim committee based in the focus State, South Australia, made decisions on NAIDOC 2005.

At the 2005 National NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony the interim committee presented Indigenous leader and former Senator Aden Ridgeway with a message stick as the ‘custodian’ of NAIDOC. Aden chaired the committee until 2008, when the current co-chairs Dr Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell took on chairing responsibilities.

The current National NAIDOC Committee Members

Anne Martin (Co-Chair)
Something born of an Aboriginal rights movement is now a celebration of our heritage..
Anne Martin
Co-Chair
"family is everything and we are to make it our priority”
Ben Mitchell
Co-Chair
Anita-Lee Summers
...celebrate the resilience, richness and diversity...
Anita-Lee Summers
Lynette Riley
...celebrate our heritage and culture in public forums.
Lynette Riley
Kenny Bedford
I try to support as many local events as possible.
Kenny Bedford
Shannan Dodson
...promote the amazing contribution we make to this nation.
Shannan Dodson
NAIDOC is now a key part of our identity and history and an intergenerational responsibility.
Ngarra Murray
Patricia Conlon
our rich culture and diversity, our strength and resilience...
Patricia Conlon
Our uniqueness as the oldest continuing culture on the planet, and our 50,000yrs of survival.
John Paul Janke
Dr Jonathon Newchurch
Learning and connecting to people, land and dreaming.
Dr Jonathon Newchurch