NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The department has an ongoing commitment towards reconciliation and acknowledges the significant contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have made and continue to make to NSW and the nation.

NAIDOC Week is a time when the department celebrates and proudly supports First Nation Peoples and their culture by showcasing the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to education and the wider community.

Across Australia, NAIDOC week is celebrated by Australians from all walk of life, who take part in activities and events in celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The department joins fellow Australians in July of every year to celebrate the week.

The department has had the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate NAIDOC 2021 with our public schools during Week 10, Term 2. We celebrate NAIDOC Week at this time because it's when schools are open and operational. And we exist for schools, to support schools.

NAIDOC Week 2022 Overview

The department has had the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022 with our public schools and early childhood education services during Week 10, Term 2.

We celebrate NAIDOC Week at this time because it is when schools and services are open and operational, and we exist for schools and services, to support schools and services.

The theme ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’ encourages all of us to champion change, while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.

This series of videos display our talented NSW public school students and staff, Aboriginal cultures, Aboriginal languages, Aboriginal history, truth telling and early childhood education.

We thank the Aboriginal Outcomes and Partnerships Directorate for coordinating these events and for all those within our public schools and early childhood education services who participated.

On Monday, we released a Round Table Q&A featuring students and Senior Executives from across the department. The video features students asking Senior Executives questions about this year's NAIDOC Week theme.

On Tuesday, we showcased the official launch of NAIDOC Week 2022, which includes a Welcome to Country from Paris Mitchell, guest speakers and musical performances by Castlereagh Connection.

On Wednesday, we shone a spotlight on some of the work we do in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families, communities, and organisations in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in early childhood education and care.

On Thursday, we explored the inspiring 1965 Freedom Ride led by Uncle Charles Perkins and his fellow students at the University of Sydney, less than six decades ago.

On Friday, we wrapped up the celebrations through the School Sing-a-long with Mau Power. Together, we celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage by singing ‘Freedom’ featuring Archie Roach with schools across the state.

Other ways to engage and celebrate

The websites and social media of local governments and local land councils are good places to look for information on Covid-safe events.

Check out the local NAIDOC Week events

Our resources page has lots of ideas on celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

You can download and display the NAIDOC Week backgrounds:

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Did you know you can apply for special leave?

Did you know that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff can apply for special leave to celebrate NAIDOC events?

Corporate staff are guided by the Public Service Industrial Relations Guide: 6.17.13.5 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day A staff member who identifies as an Indigenous Australian shall be granted up to one day special leave per year to enable the staff member to participate in the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Commemoration Celebrations.

Teaching staff are guided by the Teacher's Handbook: 4.14.18 National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week. Teachers who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander may be granted up to one day special leave so that they may participate in NAIDOC Week celebrations.


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