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.
The 2019 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony was held on land of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people on Saturday 6 July at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.
With 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time for our knowledge to be heard through our voice.
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 specular entertainment showcasing and celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous performers.
The 2019 Awards were hosted by media personalities Sean Choolburra and Elaine Crombie with entertainment featuring performances by Mi-Kaisha Masella, Dan Sultan, Casey Donovan, David Williams, Eip Karem Beizam, Christine Anu, Philly MC, Jimblah and the Merindas.
Tickets to the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony were hot property and sold out in minutes.
The 2019 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 ACT Government, PWC, Equity Trustees, Telstra, My Pathway, Torres Strait Regional Authority, AIATSIS, the Healing Foundation, Woolworths, Australian Unity, Fred Hollows, our official airline partner Qantas, media partner Koori Mail Newspaper and the Principal Media Partner NITV.
To view photos from the 2019 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony held in Sydney visit our Photo Gallery.