Open main menu

The National Australia Day Council (NADC), a non–profit social enterprise owned by the Australian Government, is the coordinating body for the Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day throughout Australia.It was founded in 1990, as the successor of The Australian National Day Committee.

National Australia Day Council
PredecessorNational Australia Day Committee
Formation25 October 1990 (1990-10-25)
FounderAustralian Government
TypeSocial enterprise
HeadquartersOld Parliament House
ServicesAustralian of the Year Awards; Australia Day celebrations
OwnerAustralian Government
Danielle Roche OAM
Christopher Kirby
Parent organisation
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


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.[1]


The NADC offices are housed in Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Chair is Danielle Roche OAM and the Chief Executive Officer is Christopher Kirby.

Chairs of the CouncilEdit

The following individuals have served as Chair of the National Australia Day Council:

Chairs of the National Australia Day Council
Order Name Term begin Term end
1 John Newcombe, AO, MBE 1990 1992
2 Phillip Adams, AO 1992 1996
3 Kevan Gosper, AO 1996 2000
4 Lisa Curry Kenny, AO, MBE 2000 2008
5 Adam Gilchrist, AM 2008 2014
6 Ben Roberts-Smith, VC, MG 2014 2017
7 Danielle Roche, OAM 2017 incumbent


  1. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). National Australia Day Council. 2013.

External linksEdit