NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from the 8-15 November.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. This year’s theme – Always Was, Always Will Be. – acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and cultures covered this continent.

Acknowledgement of Country

As we come to together to celebrate 2020 NAIDOC Week, we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we work and the places in which we live.

We pay respect to Ancestors and Elders, past, present and future.

We recognise the unique cultural and spiritual relationship and celebrate the contributions of First Nations peoples to Australia.

Head of Aboriginal Affairs, Lil Gordon

Find out more about Lil

NAIDOC Week events

Always Was, Always Will Be. webinar - 1-2pm Wednesday 11 November

Led by Lil Gordon, Head of Aboriginal Affairs the guest panel will include Professor Heidi Norman, Ray Ingrey, Alfie Walker, Yuseph Deen and Tegan Hinchey-Gerard.

You are invited to join us as these cultural experts discuss this year’s theme of Always Was, Always Will Be.


    • Professor Heidi Norman – a leading researcher in the field of Australian Aboriginal political history
    • Ray Ingrey – Chairman, Gujaga Foundation, and Board member of the Aboriginal Languages Trust
    • Alfie Walker – Board member, Pejar LALC (Goulburn)
    • Yusef Deen - Executive Director, Program and Network Delivery, NSWALC
    • Tegan Hinchey-Gerard – Aboriginal Affairs NSW Regional Manager – Murdi Paaki region

Join us and watch the webinar

Cultural Performance livestreamed from the Sydney Opera House - 9am Thursday 12 November

This event will be livestreamed from the Sydney Opera House and features a Welcome to Country by Yvonne Weldon, Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and a sacred  smoking ceremony performed by Brendan 'Japangardi' Kerin. Tribal Warrior will then deliver a cultural performance.

DPC staff from across the cluster are invited to tune in and celebrate together.

Watch the performance

IPAA Webinar - Success stories from Aboriginal NSW - 1:30-2:30pm Thursday 12 November 

Learn from Aboriginal NSW success stories in 2020 as we look towards 2021. What can they teach us about service design and delivery more generally?

This event will also explore the personal challenges for Aboriginal people working in the public sector and with communities in pursuit of long-term social change, as well as providing examples of the public sector proactively developing Aboriginal economic prosperity during COVID-19. 

Register now

Register now for cultural tours of Barangaroo

As part of our 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations, our cluster colleagues from the Infrastructure NSW  Visitor Services team has organised special lunch-time tours of Barangaroo Reserve for DPC staff. The free, 90-minute tours will be held twice per week from Monday, 9 November until the end of the month.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn about the history and cultural significance of Barangaroo and all the exciting activities happening at the Reserve - all while enjoying the great outdoors! 

Places are strictly limited, so gather up your workmates and reserve your place on the tours here.


NAIDOC website

This year's theme, Always Was, Always Will Be.

Horton's Map - Yakko's World parody video

Aboriginal viewers are warned that the following short film contains images and voices of deceased people

The Quarry - short film

‘The Quarry’ is a short film produced by the South East Region of Heritage NSW, to inform private landholders about the Aboriginal Place Program and show how protecting heritage is achievable when Aboriginal communities and landholders work together. In 2018, a stone axe quarry located on the Mill Post property near Bungendore was declared and for those who feature in the short film we hear what impact this has had on both the community and Landowners reinforcing, always was and always will be.