The IPC supports NAIDOC Week, 2 – 9 July 2023

The Information and Privacy Commission NSW (IPC) supports NAIDOC Week, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during the week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

This year NAIDOC Week takes place on 2 – 9 July 2023 and the theme is For Our Elders. The theme emphasises that across every generation, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in communities and families.

The IPC is committed to promoting the right to access government-held information and the protection of privacy of people within diverse communities in NSW, and aims to ensure that its services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are accessible, relevant and useful.

The Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner support NAIDOC Week and last year joined Australian Information Access Commissioners and Privacy Authorities from around Australia in recognising the important role of historical records in truth telling and sharing history, intergenerational healing, redress and reparations for Stolen Generation survivors and their families.

In support of NAIDOC Week, the IPC is highlighting resources for NSW agencies which focuses on strengthening and improving access to Stolen Generation records for survivors and descendants:

The IPC’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan further outlines how the IPC seeks to improve the way it communicates with, and delivers services to, the diverse communities of NSW.

Learn more here and find citizen information access resources here and privacy resources here

Learn more about NAIDOC Week and see activities in your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community here