Since the historic Deadly Awards’ cessation in 2013, the National Dreamtime Awards was launched to maintain honoring the years' Indigenous Australian achievement and contributions.
While we see the Indigenous community celebrated annually with the prestigious NAIDOC Awards, the newly established Dreamtime Awards sets itself apart by involving both, government and private sectors who sponsor each awards category. While awarding groups and individuals, the event simultaneously showcases various organisations— such as, Yarnteen College, Winanga-Li and Quit B Fit —whose work supports Indigenous people to achieve excellence.
The Awards also have a strong focus on arts and entertainment, with accolades in acting, music and media, as well as evening performances by high profile artists. This year, confirmed headline acts include Archie Roach, Christine Anu and Baker Boy.
Individuals and groups are nominated by the public via. online and then narrowed down to four finalists by the event organisers. A judging panel is then to determine the winner of each category.
Last years’ winners included Stan Grant (Media Person of the Year), Josh Addo-Carr (Best New Sports Talent of the Year), Shari Sebbens (Female Actor of the Year) and Clinton Pryor, the activist who walked 5500km from Perth to Canberra to deliver a message of Aboriginal justice to the Prime Minister took the top award, Dreamtime Person of the Year.