National NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from November 8-15 this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The date change moves the celebration from its usual place in July, the NAIDOC committee announced on Wednesday.

The decision is aimed at protecting our elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues from the devastating effects of the virus.

Further announcements regarding the National NAIDOC Awards and the reactivation of the 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round will be made within coming weeks, the committee said in a statement.

“We acknowledge the commitment and tireless work of the many State, Territory, regional and local NAIDOC Committees, organisations and individuals whose passion each year makes NAIDOC Week an outstanding success.”

“We thank you for your understanding and working with us during these uncertain times.”

In other NAIDOC news, Perth-based artist Tyrown Waigana has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC poster competition.