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We accept the invitation to walk together with First Nations people towards a more positive future for Australia, as described in the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

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NAIDOC Week 2023

It’s NAIDOC week - and this year the theme calls for us to honour the knowledge holders, the trailblazers, the advocates, the teachers and the leaders. ‘For Our Elders’ is all about giving them the recognition that is deserved for the vital role played in Indigenous communities and families.

We would like to pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations!

Get amongst some of the great events happening across NAIDOC week. Head to for more info or check out one of the events below.




Kungari Comedy
Wed 5 Jul
Writing Blak Legacies:
A first Nations Literature Gala
Thu 5 Jul
Shadow Spirit 
ends Sun 30 Jul

Find out more about NAIDOC week and events across the country


Enjoy some comedy from the next generation of deadly comedians by reliving all the laughs from the 2022 Deadly Funny National Grand Final on our YouTube channel.

We’ve also put together a playlist of highlights from Deadly Funny participants and mentors from years past featuring Kimberly Lovegrove, Jalen Sutcliffe, Leon Filewood, Maureen French, Jay Wymarra, Ghenoa Gela and many more!