ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Celebrating NAIDOC Week: 3-10 July 2016

26 May 2016

Annual NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in July, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for 2016 is 'Songlines - The living narrative of our nation'. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ which record the travels of these ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life. The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to explore and celebrate how, through Songlines, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people remain connected to Country and have been able to maintain and share sacred stories and ceremonies for tens of thousands of years.

NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity for all peoples to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. If you are an employer of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff, we encourage you to offer them the flexibility to volunteer or attend events. Their participation can assist them with to connect with their community as well as meet their cultural and family obligations.

Here are some ideas on how your workplace can celebrate NAIDOC Week:

  • Encourage and support all staff to participate in NAIDOC Week activities in your region
  • Plan to host or partner an event such as a morning tea or barbecue based on the national theme
  • View or show a movie or documentary in your meeting/staff room/waiting room
  • Purchase resources for your library or waiting room, e.g. art, books, flags
  • Visit local sites of significance, e.g. Yankee Hat in Namadgi National Park
  • Visit local attractions e.g. National Museum of Australia, Reconciliation Place, National Gallery of Australia
  • Nominate an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for the an award.


Where can I find out more about NAIDOC Week?

How can I get a copy of the 2016 National NAIDOC poster?

  • The poster can be downloaded electronically at
  • Call 1800 079 098 to collect your poster from the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Regional Office, Level 2 Morisset House, 7-9 Morisset St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Who is the NAIDOC Committee in Canberra?

What are some of the activities and events held in the Canberra region?

  • The Canberra and District NAIDOC Committee host events and activities. This includes the ACT NAIDOC Awards and Ball, and the ACT NAIDOC Family Day
  • The ACT Government and its directorates may host activities and events. This includes the annual flag raising ceremony normally held at the Legislative Assembly on the Monday morning of NAIDOC Week
  • Canberra institutions such as the National Museum of Australia, Canberra Theatre, National Art Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive may host events during NAIDOC Week
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander non-government agencies may host activities and events.

Where can I find out about activities and events held in the Canberra region?

Many activities and events are advertised nearer to the beginning of NAIDOC Week. Most are open events. Some may require you to RSVP. Some are by invitation only.

  • The NAIDOC ACT facebook page aims to provide information on events and activities organised for the ACT & surrounding communities:
  • The National NAIDOC website includes an online Events Calendar for all States and Territories. You can also add your event to the calendar.
  • Contact the nearest DPMC Regional Office at Queanbeyan on 02 5712 9000 for information.
  • Contact the Gulanga Program at ACTCOSS on 02 6202 7200 / [email protected] for information.