News and Media Releases

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.

Lani Balzan, a proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman from NSW, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

As the winner, Ms Balzan will have her artwork, titled: Songlines Tie All Aboriginal People Together displayed on the 2016 National NAIDOC Poster and receive a $5,000 cash prize. The poster will be distributed across the country to promote NAIDOC Week 2016, which runs from 3-10 July.

2016 NAIDOC grant funding round is now closed!

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

2016 NAIDOC Week theme announced

Songlines –The living narrative of our nation

Songlines are the oldest living narrative of our nation, and will be the focus for the 2016 NAIDOC Week celebrations. NAIDOC Week 2016 will run from 3-10 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

The National NAIDOC Committee congratulates the ten outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were honoured at the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Adelaide last night.

Tauto Sansbury, a local South Australian Narungga man, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Tauto is a respected advocate for social justice and has fought to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

 

NATIONAL NAIDOC COMMITTEE MEDIA RELEASE

Winner of the 2015 National NAIDOC Poster Competition announced

Elaine Chambers, a proud Kuku Yalangi/Koa Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique and timeless connection to land is the special focus and theme of this year’s National NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebratehighlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea.

National NAIDOC Committee Media Release - Join the National NAIDOC Committee

Nominations are now open for membership on the National NAIDOC Committee.

The National NAIDOC Committee makes key decisions on National NAIDOC activities each year including the focus city, the theme, the National NAIDOC Poster Competition winner and the National NAIDOC award recipients.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell are inviting suitable applicants to apply.

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