Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs


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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

History of NAIDOC

The emergence of NAIDOC dates back to 1920 when the Committee set out to raise awareness about the treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Between the 1920s and the 1930s, new organisations were established to draw attention to the living conditions suffered by Aboriginal people and the lack of their citizenship rights. These organisations included the:

  • Australian Aborigines Progress Association
  • Australian Aborigines League
  • Australian Aborigines Progressive Association

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week is a celebration that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together to enjoy an array of cultural experiences including dance performances, colourful art displays, traditional music and native foods.

Although celebrated only once each year, NAIDOC is more than just a week-long event. It is the foundation on which we have built a growing culture of inclusiveness. NAIDOC themes and messages echo all year around.

  • 2014 events
    Find out what's happening in your area and get involved.
  • Search for an event
    Search the events calendar to see what events are taking place across Queensland.
  • Register your event
    Get involved and register your NAIDOC event on our online calendar.

For further information on NAIDOC and the week please visit the national website.

  • Preamble

    Preamble to the Queensland constitution. The Preamble honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.

The 2014 National NAIDOC Poster is now available to order

The theme for 2014 is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond. Congratulations to Harry Alfred Pitt, a Torres Strait Islander man, the winning artist whose artwork is featured on this year’s poster.

To order your free copy of the 2014 National NAIDOC Poster please visit the national NAIDOC website.