The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.

“We have taken on-board the advice from the Federal Government, health experts, our key partners and from leading national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations.

We all believe that an escalating COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis as we head into winter would have disastrous impacts on our mob – especially for our elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues.

The National NAIDOC Awards scheduled for Saturday 11 July in Alice Springs will not go ahead as planned.  

We have suspended the nomination process for the National NAIDOC Awards 2020 and announcement of the winner of the poster competition until further notice. The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round has also been closed until further notice.

We are in the process of finalising a new date for NAIDOC Week 2020  – towards the end of the year  – and we’ll continue to work closely with the National Indigenous Australians Agency and our partners for NAIDOC Week 2020.

We will keep you updated.”


ACRC, Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) and the BMCC Aboriginal Advisory Committee along with members of the Community have established a NAIDOC Art Committee. The committee would like to invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who have connections to the Blue Mountains to enter their work into the NAIDOC Art Exhibition. Artworks can be paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, cultural material, knitwear and more. If you have an idea for an artwork that has not been listed please contact us to discuss further.

The theme for NAIDOC this year (which may inspire artwork) is ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’. This theme brings the message of ‘Lets Work Together for a shared future’.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

Festival applications close: 5pm, Friday 28 June 2019
Please sent your application form only to:
NAIDOC Art Committee C/O
P.O. Box 334, Katoomba, NSW, 2780
or email

If you would like to apply for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition this year please download this form Blue Mountains NAIDOC Art Festival Application form 2019