The theme of this year’s NAIDOC was Voice. Treaty. Truth.

We celebrated the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

On Tuesday 9 July, we raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags with: 

  • Aboriginal public service staff
  • Uncle Stephen Walsh
  • Evon Barker
  • Jesse Williams
  • Aimee Halliday
  • Uncle Herb Patten, who played the gum leaf

They spoke about what NAIDOC means to them, why it’s important to future generations and what it means to live a shared future.

On Wednesday 10 July, we held the treaty dialogue panel with:

  • Terry Garwood MC
  • Jill Gallagher AO
  • the Honourable Minister Gavin Jennings MLC, Special Minister of State and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

They shared their stories, discussed the treaty process in Victoria and answered questions.

We also held cultural awareness training for staff at the Koorie Heritage Trust.

The training covered the history of Aboriginal Australia and its lasting effect on Australia today. Staff learnt how to be more confident in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The 2019 NAIDOC Working Group helped organise these events. The group is a partnership of:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Transport
  • Department of Treasury and Finance
  • Victorian Public Sector Commission