Jul 02, 2017 09:00 AM AEST
This year's theme is "Our Languages Matter"

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 originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

2017 National NAIDOC theme

Our Languages Matter

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Find out more

To find out more about NAIDOC week, its history and events planned as part of this year's celebrations, visit the NAIDOC website.


The CPSU National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Caucus (NATSIC) is made up of CPSU members who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The CPSU NATSIC advises the union and undertakes campaigns on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. If you want to know more or get involved in NATSIC, contact