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How to plan a COVID-Safe NAIDOC Week event

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

How to plan a COVID-Safe NAIDOC Week event

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a concern for communities around Australia. Because of this, the NAIDOC website have compiled a list of tips to ensure events are held safely.

Check your State and Territory website

All States and territories have public health measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

Find out more about the requirements for holding events in your state or territory:

It is a good idea to have back-up plans in case restrictions or health advice change.

Tell your guests to stay home if unwell

Make sure your guests understand that they should not attend your event if they feel unwell.

People should also stay home if they have been tested for COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone who is being tested for COVID-19.

If your event is paid or ticketed, make sure you take a look at your refund policy to ensure guests are informed of what to do if they are unwell and discouraged from attending.

Encourage COVIDSafe behaviours

Encourage COVIDSafe behaviours at your event including good hand hygiene, masks, physical distancing and sneeze etiquette.

The Department of Health and NACCHO have free resources available to help you encourage these behaviours at your event.

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Contact tracing

It is very important that you keep a record of all visitors, staff, contractors or volunteer on-site and this includes before, during and after the event.

States may also require that events have a QR check-in code. Check your local requirements and plan ahead so that event staff are able to direct people to the right information to check in.

Consider hosting a virtual event

Virtual events are a great way for people to be able to participate in NAIDOC week from their own home or office. Consider hosting interactive events such as arts and craft workshops, language lessons, quizzes, cooking classes, interviews, Q&A sessions or webinars.

If you are hosting an in-person event, you can also use social media to livestream the event online to people who may need or want to attend virtually. Options for live-streaming an event include FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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