Naidoc Week

NAIDOC Week – 7 to 14 July 2019

by Ted Sorensen
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National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year in early July.

It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 7 to 14 July inclusive, is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future.’.

Further information is at https://www.naidoc.org.au

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.

From Sunday, 7 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government and Queensland Government buildings and establishments. Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station, the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.

If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two indigenous flags is flown with the Australian National Flag.  During NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week, the Queensland State Flag can be replaced by the Indigenous flags should there only be two flagpoles available.

If there are three flagpoles or more available for use, the order of precedence of flags will be as follows: The Australian National Flag, Queensland State Flag, the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag (these flags have equal status and may be flown in any order).

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet https://www.pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/australian-flags-excerpt.pdf

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