National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee

NAIDOC Week: 8-17 November 2020

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

We encourage all Australians to participate in the celebrations and activities that take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, NAIDOC Week has been moved to November.

The pandemic also means that the usual NAIDOC Week events will not be able to be celebrated in the same way this year.

Further information about celebrations will be communicated shortly.

2020 NAIDOC Mass

A special NAIDOC Mass was celebrated at St Francis Church, Melbourne on Sunday 12 July. Click the image below to view the Mass. The homily is also available to read here.