The theme for NAIDOC Week 2022 is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!.

It’s a week of conversation, connection and celebration of our First Nations People.

NAIDOC Week calls for us all to recognise and appreciate Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, contributions and their many accomplishments. It’s a week that celebrates and acknowledges our past, our present and looks with hope towards the future. This very much aligns with the ‘Aboriginal Workforce Development Program’ (AWDP), an initiative funded by the Department of Communities and Justice and supported through a partnership between Blacktown City Council and LEAD Professional Development Association Inc.

The AWDP Reference Group is made up of local Aboriginal workers from Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) funded services in Western Sydney Nepean Blue Mountains.  The Reference Group members play a key role in the Program and help to imbed cultural wisdom, and local knowledge to ensure that the AWDP maintains its cultural integrity, cultural safety and cultural relevance.


We extend our respect and acknowledgement to our AWDP Reference Group members, without your continued dedication and time, this would not be possible.

NAIDOC Week Event – Postponed Due to Weather

After careful consideration Kimberwalli in close consultation with their partners Blacktown City Council and Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation, have collectively made the difficult decision to postpone their NAIDOC event, due to weather conditions that we are currently experiencing. The interest of putting everyone’s safety first is essential.

While this is disappointing news now, the event will be scheduled for a later date when it is safe to do so, and we at LEAD will be in attendance to support the Elder’s tent, to celebrate and honour our Elders in community, whom are our true story tellers, sharing their wisdom and culture from generation to generation.

We hope everyone stays safe and we look forward to seeing everyone at the rescheduled NAIDOC event.