Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards 2019


Voice.Treaty.Truth - Let's work together for a shared future

Shoalhaven City Council will be hosting the 2019 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Saturday 27th July 2019 in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council, Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council.

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards are hosted as part of NAIDOC week celebrations, every year, to recognise the outstanding contributions made by Indigenous individuals and organisation within their respective communities.

The Awards provide an opportunity for celebrating NAIDOC week and for promoting and recognising the talents, excellence, and significant contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their organisations make to their own and broader communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. This event serves a very important role in promoting regional cooperation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, local councils and other organisations and businesses.


NAIDOC Week is 7 July 2019 - 14 July 2019

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week plays a vital role, not only celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander achievements but the rich history, diverse cultures and survival of the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Each year there is a different theme, based on community issues, political issues, significant events and/or celebrations.

The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is: Voice. Treaty. Truth - Let's work together for a shared future


History of the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

In 2011, Shoalhaven City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council collaboratively coordinated and delivered the inaugural Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards. The regional awards were founded to promote and recognise the outstanding contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisation have made within their local communities throughout the Illawarra and Shoalhaven local government areas.

The Awards have been held every year since 2011 to celebrate outstanding achievements in demonstrating Aboriginal society’s contribution in working collaboratively to build a shared future in the processes of reconciliation.


Voice.Treaty.Truth - Let's work together for a shared future

Shoalhaven City Council will be hosting the 2019 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Saturday 27th July 2019 in partnership with Kiama Municipal Council, Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council.

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards are hosted as part of NAIDOC week celebrations, every year, to recognise the outstanding contributions made by Indigenous individuals and organisation within their respective communities.

The Awards provide an opportunity for celebrating NAIDOC week and for promoting and recognising the talents, excellence, and significant contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their organisations make to their own and broader communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. This event serves a very important role in promoting regional cooperation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, local councils and other organisations and businesses.


NAIDOC Week is 7 July 2019 - 14 July 2019

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week plays a vital role, not only celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander achievements but the rich history, diverse cultures and survival of the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Each year there is a different theme, based on community issues, political issues, significant events and/or celebrations.

The NAIDOC theme for 2019 is: Voice. Treaty. Truth - Let's work together for a shared future


History of the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

In 2011, Shoalhaven City Council, Kiama Municipal Council, Shellharbour City Council and Wollongong City Council collaboratively coordinated and delivered the inaugural Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards. The regional awards were founded to promote and recognise the outstanding contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisation have made within their local communities throughout the Illawarra and Shoalhaven local government areas.

The Awards have been held every year since 2011 to celebrate outstanding achievements in demonstrating Aboriginal society’s contribution in working collaboratively to build a shared future in the processes of reconciliation.

NOMINATION FORM 2019

The 2019 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards are an annual event that aims to recognise Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal achievement. 

Awards are presented in the following categories: 
  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year (male and female)
  • Aboriginal Worker of the Year
  • Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (male and female)
  • Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Aboriginal Organisation or Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non- Aboriginal)
The Awards provide a prestigious platform and are the premier NAIDOC Week event in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region. The Awards promote and recognise the talents, excellence, and significant contributions that Aboriginal people and organisations have made to their own communities in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven regions. Please note, the Awards take place after NAIDOC week in order to not clash with other NAIDOC Week activities.

The theme for the 2019 NAIDOC Week is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’ 

This year’s event will be held at The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra on 27 July 2019. Approximately 350 people are expected to attend the event including Aboriginal Elders, community members, sponsors and other dignitaries. 

Conditions of Entry

  • Online nominations are encouraged. If you are unable to access the online form please phone Shoalhaven City Council’s Community Development Team on (02 4429 3440).
  • All information that is supplied in the nomination must only relate to the past 12 months with exception to the Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal) Award. 
  • You can nominate more than one group or individual, but a separate form must be submitted for each nomination.
  • Organisations and businesses can self-nominate.  The names of the office bearers of the organisation must be listed on the nomination form.
  • Past winners cannot be nominated for an Award in the same category that they have previously received an Award under. 
  • Previous unsuccessful nominations may be resubmitted for consideration in any category. 
  • All nomination information and materials that are submitted will remain the property of Shoalhaven City Council.
  • A person may be nominated for more than one category. No weight is given to the number of times a person is nominated.
  • The judging committee’s decision is final.
  • The aim of the Regional NAIDOC Awards is to acknowledge the contributions and achievements that local Aboriginal people make towards our communities. To be eligible for the nomination of an award, the nominee must: 
– Be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, with exception to ‘Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal) Award’, and
– Live, work or study locally, or be actively involved within their communities, and
–Reside in the Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Kiama or Wollongong  Local Government Areas. 

Selection Criteria

The Selection Panel will assess nominations using the following selection criteria. Please ensure your application addresses each criterion.
  • Demonstrated achievements
  • Commitment to the betterment of Aboriginal community
  • Promotes understanding and awareness of Aboriginal Culture to the wider community
  • ‘Young Achiever’ must be aged between 12 and 24 years & achievements must relate to the past 12 months only.

Entries Close

Entries close at midnight Friday 12 July 5pm 15 July 2019 (extended) for online nominations, and 5pm Tuesday 9 July 2019 for hand delivered or mailed nominations.

The Awards will be presented on Saturday 27 July 2019 at the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards Dinner at The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra.

If you would like help in completing a nomination, please contact your local government Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Wollongong, or Kiama Councils for this help.

Note: Aboriginal* inclusive of Torres Strait Islander people

CLOSED: Nominations for the 2019 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards closed on 15 July 2019. Thank you to all who provided nominations.