National Australia Day Council
Established in 1979 as the National Australia Day Committee, the vision was to make future Australia Day celebrations 'truly national and Australia-wide'. In 1984 the Committee became the NADC, and two major dates since then - Australia's Bicentenary in 1988, and the Centenary of Federation in 2001 - shaped today's focus on encouraging Australians to participate in, and reflect on the meaning of, Australia Day.
A not-for-profit government owned social enterprise, within the Prime Minister's portfolio responsibilities, NADC has a close working relationship with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and reports to the Commonwealth Parliament under the provisions of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act (1997). 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.
National Australia Day Council 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. Read our Reconciliation Action Plan here.
National Australia Day Council Annual Reports
National Australia Day Council Board
Mr Adam Gilchrist AM
Former wicket keeper/batsman
Australian Test and One Day International cricket teams
Ms Robbie Sefton
Sefton & Associates
Ms Janet Whiting (Chair, Audit Committee)
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Centre for Muslim States and Societies
Ms Elizabeth Kelly
Deputy Secretary, Governance
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Ms Carol Schwartz AM
Director Stockland and Director Bank of Melbourne
Dr Tim Soutphommasane
Race Discrimination Commissioner
Professor Ian Frazer AC
Translational Research Institute
Chief Executive Officer
National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
NADC was incorporated on 25 October 1990. Since then the NADC has had the following Chairs:
Lisa Curry Kenny 2000 - 2008
Kevan Gosper 1996 - 2000
Phillip Adams 1992 - 1996
John Newcombe 1990 - 1992
National Australia Day Council Staff
To contact staff, email addresses are in the format of firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Project Manager
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Doris Leake (part-time)