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 celebrates 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.
2018 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony Sydney
Every year the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is held in a nominated national focus city as a focal point of the National NAIDOC Week. The 2018 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony focus city is Sydney.
The 2018 Awards Ceremony will be held on Gadigal land on Friday 13 July at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.
This gathering will coincide with 80th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning which was held in Sydney back in 1938. View our history timeline for more details.
The black-tie ceremony is the most significant and anticipated event on the National Indigenous calendar and is the longest running and only truly national Indigenous Awards of its kind.
The stunning evening features the official presentation of ten national awards, a formal dinner and spectacular entertainment showcasing and celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous performers.
This year’s Awards will be hosted by media personalities Dan Bourchier and Brooke Boney with entertainment featuring performances by vocal quartet featuring Jessie Lloyd, Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan and Jessica Hitchcock (of the Mission songs Projects), Cairns based Women of Austranesia, Bamaga Dancers, Koomurri Dancers, Armidale’s Terra Firma (Anthony Green, Matt Griffin Richard Lockwood and Tony Green and Multi-award winning Electric Fields (Michael Ross and Zaachariaha Fielding).
This year’s line-up continues a long list of star studded performance from iconic names Isiah Firebrace, Jess Mauboy, Casey Donovan, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Sean Chooburra, Steven Oliver, Ernie Dingo, Shellie Morris, Leah Flanagan, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Emma Donovon Yothu Yindi, NAISDA, East Journey, Troy Cassar-Daley, Last Kinnection, Mary G, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and Christine Anu.
Tickets to the 2018 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony were hot property and sold out in record time.
The 2018 Awards would not be possible without the continued sponsorship from the Australian Government, and the Commonwealth Bank.
The National NAIDOC Committee also acknowledge the valued sponsorship and support from NSW Government, the City of Sydney, KARI Foundation, PWC, PWC Indigenous, Equity Trustees, Telstra, Inside Policy, My Pathway, Torres Strait Regional Authority, LUSH, our official airline partner Qantas, media partner Koori Mail Newspaper, the Official Accommodation Partner AccorHotels and the Principal Media Partner NITV.
To view photos from the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony held in Cairns visit our Photo Gallery.