4 – 11 July 2021
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National Awards Ceremony

The annual NAIDOC Awards recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.

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The annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony recognise the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field.

We proudly highlight our national winners, we learn of their journey, their inspirational story and we pay tribute to their achievements. Their work enriches our communities, our people and this nation.

These Awards celebrate excellence, builds towards a better future and reminds us of this nation's 65,000-year-old history.

Each year the winners of the National NAIDOC Awards will be announced in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Person of the Year
  • Female Elder of the Year
  • Male Elder of the Year
  • Caring for Country Award
  • Youth of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Scholar of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year

To view all National NAIDOC Award winners visit the winner profiles.

2021 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

Update 25 June 2021

The 2021 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony will be postponed until later in the year following the initial cancellation of the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in-person event due to COVID-19.

The Committee and key partners were working towards hosting a nationally televised gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday 3 July; however, the decision has been made to postpone the ceremony entirely in light of the increasing risk posed by COVID-19. Read the Official Statement from the National NAIDOC Committee.

In 2021, The National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony will be nationally televised following the cancellation of the Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in-person event due to COVID-19.

Mparntwe (Alice Springs) is the focus city for 2021 National NAIDOC Week and will host the National Awards ceremony.

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