4 January 2021


What is NAIDOC?

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 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.

In 2021, The University of Queensland is proud to once again celebrate NAIDOC both online and on campus. We will be commemorating National NAIDOC Week 5-9 July with a full program of online events and activities ahead of our UQ NAIDOC Festival taking place across all three campuses from 2-7 August.

Save the Date

Full program details coming soon

National NAIDOC Week (Online) 5-7 July
UQ NAIDOC Festival 2-7 August

Heal country!

This year's theme is "Heal country, heal our nation".

From the official NAIDOC website:

Healing Country means hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over Country.

Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians.

Find out more about this year's theme