The Australia Day Council of NSW was established by the NSW Government in 1981 following the formation of the National Australia Day Council in 1979. With the approach of the Australian Bicentenary in 1988 and the significant amount of energy and coordination that would require, ADCNSW was tasked with delivering quality, creative, innovative and diverse community events and being the custodian for sharing and enhancing Australian identity and culture.
In the 25 years since the Bicentenary, the Australia Day Council of NSW has continued to strengthen its partnerships with businesses as we consider such associations essential for the continued success of Australia Day celebrations.
The vision of ADCNSW is to inspire national spirit and enrich the life of the nation. The Council works with and for the community to unite the people of NSW in celebration, promote excellence in service to the nation and leads discussion and debate to build our shared future.
The Australia Day Council of NSW is appointed by the Premier of NSW. The Department of Premier and Cabinet provide the secretariat from which the Australia Day Council of NSW operates.
Yvonne Weldon is a proud Wiradjuri woman and maintains strong ties to her homelands of Cowra and the Riverina areas in New South Wales. From a young age Yvonne has maintained a strong passion and commitment to bringing about positive change for Aboriginal people and communities.
Yvonne is the current elected Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. She has a passion for improving the lives of all through health, Aboriginal rights, children’s rights, education, research and evaluation.
Yvonne received an award from the Australasian Evaluation Society for her contribution to the Evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award and was recently awarded the Faber Writing Academy Scholarship by Allen & Unwin.
Dr G.K (HARI) Harinath OAM, MBBS, DTM&H
Chairperson, Multicultural NSW
General Practitioner and Managing Director, Eastgardens Medical Centre
Member NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council
Former achievements include Chairman and Board Member of Cricket NSW, Board Member of Cricket Australia, Board Member of the South East Area Health Board and President Sydney Cricket Club.
Dr Harinath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to cricket through executive roles at state and national level, and to the community. Dr Harinath was also awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Medal) by the President of India in 2017, the highest honour conferred to Indians living overseas.