8-15 November 2020
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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.

Due to impacts of COVID-19 the 2020 National NAIDOC Awards was cancelled.

2021 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

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

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