The National Australia Day Council Limited (76 050 300 626) is the coordinating body for Australia Day celebrations across the nation and for the Australian of the Year Awards. The NADC heads a network of eight state and territory Australia Day affiliate organisations and 780 local Australia Day committees.

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 Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act (2013). 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.

Since the National Australia Day Council was incorporated on 25 October 1990, the role of Chair of the National Australia Day Council has been held by:

  • Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG  2014 - 2017 
  • Adam Gilchrist                   2008 - 2014
  • Lisa Curry Kenny               2000 - 2008
  • Kevan Gosper                   1996 - 2000
  • Phillip Adams                    1992 - 1996
  • John Newcombe                1990 - 1992

The current Board of the National Australia Day Council is:

  • Danielle Roche OAM (Chair)
  • Ms Robbie Sefton (Deputy Chair)
    Director - Sefton & Associates
  • Richard Rolfe AM (Chair, Audit and Assurance Committee)
    Dealer Principal of Audi Centre Canberra
  • Dr Susan Alberti AC
    Chairman, Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation
  • Jason Glanville
    Founding Director at Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Program
  • Ms Elizabeth Kelly
    Deputy Secretary, Governance - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Norman Schueler OAM
    Director, Normetals 
  • Ms Janet Whiting AM
  • Ms Jane McNamara 
    Flinders Shire Council Mayor 

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

NADC Annual Report 2016 - 2017 

NADC Annual Report 2015 - 2016

NADC Annual Report 2014 - 2015

NADC Annual Report 2013 - 2014

NADC Annual Report 2012 - 2013

NADC Annual Report 2011 - 2012

NADC Annual Report 2010 - 2011

NADC Annual Report 2009 - 2010

NADC Annual Report 2008 - 2009

NADC Annual Report 2007 - 2008

NADC Annual Report 2006 - 2007

NADC Annual Report 2005 - 2006

NADC Annual Report 2004 - 2005

NADC Corporate Plan

Section 95 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) requires Commonwealth controlled companies such as the National Australia Day Council (NADC) to prepare a four year corporate plan. 

This Corporate Plan clearly articulates the purpose, functions and role of the NADC and associated financial projections, performance measures, risks and operational environment.  

View or download the NADC Corporate Plan.


The NADC, in line with other Commonwealth Entities and Commonwealth Companies, publishes information of remuneration for executive and other highly paid staff.

Non-Executive Directors are entitled to claim a daily fee for board meetings plus an incidentals allowance of $27. These are set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Current daily fees for each board meeting are: Chair - $534; Non-Executive Directors - $401.