It is a time to come together to celebrate and recognise the excellence of our community members who have made a major impact over the years.
It is fitting that in celebrating and recognising these wonderful groups and individuals, we also take the time to recognise the major supporters to this event which enable this celebration to take place.
This year the National NAIDOC Awards (the Awards) are supported by sixteen sponsors and official partners.
Acknowledging the importance of the commitment from these organisations to the event, National NAIDOC Committee Co-chairs Pat Thompson and John Paul Janke said:
“Without the support of our key partners and sponsors, this event would not be possible. Over decades the NAIDOC Awards have grown into a star-studded glamorous night that suitably honours and celebrates ten inspirational individuals working in our communities.
Importantly it's also about celebrating our past, our present and our future.
We greatly appreciate their generous support in helping us to celebrate excellence."
Over many years the Awards have been supported by the generosity of the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) who is the Sponsor of the 2019 National NAIDOC Person of the Year Award and Sponsor of the National NAIDOC Awards VIP Area. Not only does this facilitate the National NAIDOC Committee bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across the country, CBA also provides a $20,000 cash prize to the NAIDOC Person of the Year! This generous prize is to thank and celebrate the achievements of the outstanding individual.
For the second year running, PwC has been a silver sponsor of the National NAIDOC Awards, providing generous support to fund the awards and make them what they are. PwC Indigenous Consulting has a natural alignment with NAIDOC. It celebrates Indigenous people as a majority Indigenous owed, led and staffed consulting firm. PwC’s Indigenous Consulting has a clear purpose: to enable meaningful change in Indigenous communities through utilising Indigenous knowledge and the leadership of Indigenous Australians.
This year, the Award are hosted in Australia’s “cool little capital”, Canberra! The ACT Government and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), based in Canberra, have been wonderful supporters for 2019 and representatives will be attending the NAIDOC Awards to celebrate.
With the National Awards being held in different locations each year, support from Qantas as the official Airline Partner has been invaluable. This year, Qantas continues the support by flying award finalists and the NAIDOC Committee to Canberra from across Australia!
The National NAIDOC Committee is also honoured to have the support of Koori Mail. The Koori Mail, acknowledged as the voice of Indigenous Australia, is an independent and Aboriginal owned newspaper and the official National NAIDOC Print Media Partner.
SBS and NITV continue to be the official Principal Media Partner and Education Partner of the National NAIDOC Awards and have a commitment in place to continue this partnership though to 2021. SBS and NITV have provided wonderful support through broadcasting the awards ceremony, as well as supporting the production of the awards. SBS has also made teaching resources available to teachers around the country to support understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and people.
It is with a great sincerity and full hearts that the National NAIDOC Committee says a warm thank you to all of the NAIDOC Sponsors and Partners for 2019.
We could not do it without your generous support!
2019 National NAIDOC Award Gala sponsors and partners:
• Australian Government
• Koori Mail
• Commonwealth Bank
• ACT Government
• Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC),
• Healing Foundation
• Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA)
• Equity Trustees
• Australian Unity
• My Pathways
• The Fred Hollows Foundation
• Woolworths Group