National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week

Always was, always will be. Let’s work together for a shared future.

NAIDOC week – 5 to 12 July, 2020

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. 

About NAIDOC Week

Leading diversity and inclusion

Curtin University continues to lead national reconciliation in the education sector with its Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018-2020.

An Elevate RAP – the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework – is for organisations that have a proven track record of embedding effective RAP initiatives in their workplace.

Curtin’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Former Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said Curtin’s RAP journey had helped the University think more strategically about how the entire Curtin community – not just particular groups or areas ­– could advance reconciliation.

Professor Deborah Terry, Curtin University Vice-Chancellor (2014-2020)

We are very proud of the contribution we have made to building a culture that values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and heritage both within the University and beyond.

The University’s Elevate RAP enables us to serve as a role model for other organisations starting out on their own reconciliation journey and will help guide us in leading the way to advance reconciliation locally, nationally and internationally.

This is critical because the spirit of reconciliation needs to live in the very fabric of our organisation, owned and championed by us all.

Since the launch of the Elevate RAP in November 2018, Curtin has made significant steps in achieving its cultural and leadership cornerstones. These include uniting with organisations to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and progressing the innovative bush learning space at Nowanup.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine commended Curtin as a dedicated supporter of reconciliation for many years, after joining the program in 2008 as the first Australian teaching and research institution to develop and implement its own RAP.

Portrait image of Karen Mundine from Reconciliation Australia

Karen Mundine, CEO Reconciliation Australia

By raising the bar of its RAP ambitions, Curtin continues to lead national reconciliation action in the education sector. On behalf of Reconciliation Australia, I congratulate Curtin on adopting its Elevate RAP, and look forward to following the University’s future achievements.