NAIDOC Week 2019 - About

05 Jul 2019

NAIDOC Week 2019 will run from 7-14 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) is an important time on the National calendar of events. This year the NAIDOC theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together.’ You can find out more information about the theme here.

Each year, there is a different focus city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony. The focus city, National NAIDOC Poster Competition and the NAIDOC Awards recipients are selected by the National NAIDOC Committee.

Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

To find out more about NAIDOC WEEK and its history visit: https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/history

NAIDOC Theme 2019

This year the NAIDOC theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.’ Voice, Treaty, and Truth were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. This year’s theme also celebrates the importance of working together for a shared future.

The Indigenous voice of Australia is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. They are words connecting people to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet. And with 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time for knowledge to be heard through voice.

For more information on this year’s theme visit: https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2019-theme