NAIDOC WEEK 7-14 JULY 2019
2018 NAIDOC Committee

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. Co-Chairing responsibilities were transferred to Dr Anne Martin and Ben Mitchell who undertook the role for 10 years during 2008-2018. Patricia Thompson and John Paul Janke have now taken the National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair mantel.

Learn more about Patricia and John Paul, along with the whole National NAIDOC Committee - 
 

Our uniqueness as the oldest continuing culture on the planet, and our 50,000yrs of survival.
John Paul Janke
Co-Chair
Patricia Conlon
our rich culture and diversity, our strength and resilience...
Patricia Thompson
Co-Chair
Anita-Lee Summers
...celebrate the resilience, richness and diversity...
Anita-Lee Summers
...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
Gordon Cole
Gordon Cole
Kimberley Benjamin
Steven Satour
Steven Satour