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National Australia Day Council
PredecessorNational Australia Day Committee
Formation25 October 1990 (1990-10-25) (incorporated)
FounderAustralian Government
TypeSocial enterprise
HeadquartersOld Parliament House
Location

History

The Australian Natives' Association (ANA) was one of the chief promoters of Australia Day as a national holiday, and in 1946 formed an Australia Day Celebrations Committee in Melbourne to formalise its efforts. Similar bodies emerged in other states, and a Federal Australia Day Council (FADC) was formed to coordinate their efforts. In 1979, with the FADC's agreement, the organisation was replaced by a government-sponsored National Australia Day Committee.[1] The committee was initially headed by former Olympian Herb Elliott.[2] In 1985, it was renamed the National Australia Day Council, with former tennis player John Newcombe as president.[3] The organisation became an incorporated public company in 1990.[1]

Structure and aims

The NADC heads a network of state and territory Australia Day affiliate organisations and local Australia Day committees and is designed to inspire national pride and spirit, and to enrich the life of all Australians. It aims to promote the meaning of Australia Day through activity, education, reflection, discussion and debate and to promote good citizenship, values and achievement by recognising excellence and service to the nation.[4]

Headquarters

The NADC offices are housed in Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Chair is Danielle Roche [4]

Headquarters

The NADC office

The NADC offices are housed in Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Chair is Danielle Roche OAM and the Chief Executive Officer is Karlie Brand [5]

Chairs of the Council