Celebrate NAIDOC with ACU

ACU will host NAIDOC events on our campuses from 9-13 August. Join us to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This year, the official NAIDOC Week was celebrated from 4-11 July (during the midyear break) with the theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

We all must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around our mob, our Elders, our communities.

Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism - we must do it together.

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms. It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our communities over generations - they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms.

We need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough.

The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with us to amplify our voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.

The First Peoples Directorate invites staff and students to join in celebrations with their local Indigenous Higher Education Unit.


Monday 8 August


  • feast day Mass with Acknowledgement of Country and linking to the afternoon events
  • campfire cultural talk and Cooking with a Koori featuring bush tucker refreshments


  • Wanyara session
  • Play & Yarn
  • traditional Indigenous games activity
Tuesday 9 August


  • NAIDOC liturgy together with NATSICC, Murri Ministry and local Indigenous artists


  • Welcome to Country (Wurundjeri) and morning tea
  • cultural performance with Maylene Slater Burns


  • Aboriginal art workshop and lunch
Wednesday 10 August


  • Indigenous community morning tea
  • Acknowledgement of Country
  • Torres Strait Islander interactive dance group performance
  • afternoon tea


  • Welcome to Country (Wadawurrung) with elder Aunty Deanne Gilson
  • Indigenous Leadership in Communities and morning tea with Aunty Deanne Gilson
  • cultural performance with Uncle Kutcha Edwards
Thursday 11 August

North Sydney and national live stream

  • Welcome to Country
  • GET UP! STAND UP! SHOW UP! live Q&A session with afternoon tea (North Sydney with Q&A livestream) 
Friday 12 August


  • BUSH TUKKA in the Weemala Gardens

Please contact your local Indigenous Higher Education Unit for more information:

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