About the National Australia Day Council

The core mission of the National Australia Day Council is to actively promote our national day to all Australians to inspire national pride and increase participation and engagement across all sectors of the community.

The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is a not-for-profit, government-owned company based in Canberra. With the NADC, the Australia Day National Network (the Network), an affiliate group of state and territory organisations, helps facilitate the celebration of Australia Day and being Australian, and recognise inspirational Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards.

Strategic focus areas for the NADC are:

  • Meaning: To promote the meaning of Australia Day and being Australian

  • Participation: To unit all Australians through celebration and reflection

  • Recognition: To acknowledge active citizenship and achievement

The operations of the company are overseen by a board of Directors appointed by the Prime Minister. The NADC is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

NADC Annual Report
2018 - 2019

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NADC Annual Report
2017 - 2018

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NADC Annual Report
2016 - 2017

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NADC Annual Report
2015 - 2016

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Since the NADC was incorporated on 25 October 1990, the role of Chair of the National Australia Day Council has been held by:

  • Mr Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG  2014 - 2017

  • Mr Adam Gilchrist AM                  2008 - 2014

  • Ms Lisa Curry Kenny                     2000 - 2008

  • Mr Kevan Gosper                           1996 - 2000

  • Mr Phillip Adams                            1992 - 1996

  • Mr John Newcombe                     1990 - 1992

 

The National Australia Day Council Board

 
Executive Team
 

The Australia Day National Network

The Australia Day National Network is made up of hundreds of local councils and committees, eight state and territory Australia Day organisations and the NADC. The network's mission is to inspire national pride and spirit to enrich the life of the nation.

The NADC provides an overarching vision for Australia Day and this vision is implemented and tailored to each state and territory through the expert local knowledge of the state and territory organisations. Town and regional councils or committees, with the support of state and territory Australia Day councils, deliver the thousands of celebrations and events for our national day.

Learn about your state or territory Australia Day organisation. 

 

The NADC and reconciliation

While acknowledging there is much more to do, the NADC is proud of making a contribution to reconciliation. The NADC have developed, and are committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan, an initiative of Reconciliation Australia which enables organisations to turn good intentions into actions.

NADC thanks the staff of Reconciliation Australia for helping us appreciate the importance of Reconciliation. With their support, we take pride in our leadership role and hope others will join us in making a contribution to the process. 

 

NADC Corporate Plan

Section 95 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) requires Commonwealth controlled companies such as the National Australia Day Council (NADC) to prepare a four year corporate plan.

This Corporate Plan clearly articulates the purpose, functions and role of the NADC and associated financial projections, performance measures, risks and operational environment.  

View or download the NADC Corporate Plan.

 

Statement of Expectations

The following Statement of Expectations was provided by The Hon Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, provided the Statement of Expectations to the NADC on 27 May 2020. The NADC Board provided their Response to Statement of Expectations on 27 July 2020 outlining how NADC will meet these expectations.

View or download the NADC Statement of Expectations

View or download the NADC Statement of Expectations Response

 

Public Interest Disclosures

The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is committed to the highest standards of ethical and accountable conduct and is subject to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (Cth) (PID Act).

Read more on NADC's Public Interest Disclosures