We want to hear from you!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted lives across the world, we have all had to make changes. We would like to hear from you about the future planning of the Regional NAIDOC Awards event.

About the NAIDOC Regional Awards

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards is a collaborative event that is organised by Shellharbour, Wollongong, Shoalhaven and Kiama City Councils.

Over the past 10 years over 1,000 guests have come together to recognise the outstanding contributions that indigenous Australians make in our local communities. Each year nominations are received across 5 awards categories;

  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Male and Female)
  • Aboriginal Community Representative of the Year
  • Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Male and Female)
  • Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal)

Each year we try to deliver a unique and memorable event. Your feedback from past events has shown that you'd like to see:

  • A mix of local talent, young performer and cultural performances
  • Time for yarning, catching up
  • Good access for Elders at a venue that's easy to get around
  • Simple tasty food
  • Funny and appropriate MC

Planning a COVID-Safe event

The Regional NAIDOC Awards Committee made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Regional NAIDOC Awards Ceremony due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Any events we plan from now on must have a COVID Safety Plan and consider the following guidelines from NSW Health:

  • One person per 2 square meters
  • Physical distancing
  • Guests must be seated
  • Face masks optional

These guidelines are subject to change at any time.

The Committee has started to plan the 2021 awards and would like to hear your feedback about what you would like to see in future events that celebrate NAIDOC. This means following COVID Safe measures.

Read over the options and complete the survey to share your feedback

Awards ceremony only

  • Welcome to Country
  • Message Stick ceremony
  • Limited invitations to host Councils, Elders, Nominees and Nominators.
  • Theatre style seating
  • Live stream option (viewers could watch remotely)
  • Invite only, free event

This option would allow for maximum numbers.

Awards and Formal Dinner (ticketed)

  • Welcome to Country
  • Message Stick ceremony
  • Limited ticketed function (numbers would depend on venue COVID restrictions)
  • Sit down dinner included in ticket cost

This option would have reduced numbers to accommodate dining tables.

Awards, Dinner and Performances (ticketed)

  • Welcome to Country
  • Message Stick ceremony
  • Limited ticketed function (numbers would depend on venue COVID restrictions)
  • Local performers
  • Sit down dinner (included in ticket cost)

This option would be a further reduction of capacity from option 2 to include performances.

Awards Ceremony (invite only) and a standalone NAIDOC Concert open to all community (ticketed event)

Awards ceremony

  • Welcome to Country
  • Message Stick ceremony
  • Limited invitations to host Councils, Elders, Nominees and Nominators.
  • Theatre style seating
  • Live stream option (viewers could watch remotely)
  • Invite only, free event

NAIDOC Concert

  • Headline performer
  • Local performers
  • Award recipients acknowledged onstage
  • Open to the public, paid/ticketed event

This option would be spread across two separate events and allows for the greatest number of people to celebrate.

Postpone

  • Postpone event to 2022 with ease of COVID restrictions.