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NAIDOC 2018: Because of her, we can!

Statement by National NAIDOC Co-Chairs Dr Anne Martin & Mr Ben Mitchell

The National NAIDOC Committee has kicked off plans for NAIDOC Week 2018 with the appointment of five members to its ranks.

The four new appointments - and one reappointment - follow a national selection process which saw Kenny Bedford, Lynette Riley, Ngarra Murray and Shannan Dodson appointed to Committee and Anita-Lee Summers reappointed for a second term.

Applications are now open for membership of the National NAIDOC Committee for the next three years.

The National NAIDOC Committee makes key decisions on National NAIDOC activities each year including the focus city, theme, National NAIDOC Poster Competition winner and National NAIDOC award recipients, as well as supporting the promotion and success of NAIDOC Week nationally.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell are inviting suitable applicants to submit an expression of interest.

The National NAIDOC Committee last night congratulated ten outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were honoured at the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Cairns.


Proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman, Joanne Cassady, is the winner of this year’s esteemed National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

As the winner, Ms Cassady will have her artwork, titled: Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation displayed on the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $5,000 cash prize. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2017, which runs from 2-9 July.

The competition called for Artists to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of the 2017 National NAIDOC theme: Our Languages Matter.

The 2017 NAIDOC Local Grant funding round will open on 27 March 2017 and close on 27 APRIL 2017.

For further updates, please check the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website regularly.

To receive notification of 2017 NAIDOC activities including the 2017 NAIDOC Local Grant funding round, sign up to the National NAIDOC mailing list

The 2017 NAIDOC Local Grant funding round is now open and will close at 4pm AEST on Thursday 27 April.

2017 NAIDOC Week theme announced - Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The National NAIDOC Committee congratulated ten outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were honoured at the 2016 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Darwin on Friday 8 July.

Stephen Page, a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from South East Queensland, was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Stephen has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre for the past 25 years with the goal of providing opportunities to the next generation of Indigenous storytellers. 

All Australians are invited to take the time to learn, share and participate in the unique local and national celebrations that will mark NAIDOC Week 2016 (3 - 10 July).

NAIDOC Week - established in 1938 - is the opportunity to proudly acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.