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.
2019 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony Canberra
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 2019 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony focus city is Canberra.
To view photos from the previous National NAIDOC Awards Ceremonies including the 2018 Awards held in Sydney visit our Photo Gallery.
Future NAIDOC Focus Cities
Local NAIDOC Committee and other suitable organisations are invited to nominate their city to be the NAIDOC focus city for future years. Expressions of Interest for focus cities will open in February 2019 so watch this space!