The Premier’s NAIDOC Award recognises the outstanding achievements and service of an extraordinary South Australian who has made a significant contribution to the lives of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

2021 Premier’s NAIDOC Award

Premier Steven Marshall with finalists of the Premier's NAIDOC Award

Pictured: Frank Lampard, Jeffrey Newchurch, Latisha Dodd and Major 'Moogy' Sumner with Premier Steven Marshall at the  2021 Premier's NAIDOC Award ceremony.

An event to celebrate the accomplishments of the finalists for the 2021 Premier’s NAIDOC Award was held on Monday, 5 July 2021 during NAIDOC Week.

Congratulations to all four finalists, who were selected from a field of impressive nominees:

  • Mr Frank Lampard
  • Mr Jeffrey Newchurch
  • Mr Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM
  • Ms Georgina Williams.

At the event, Premier Steven Marshall announced Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner – a respected and highly-regarded Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna man from South Australia’s Coorong area – as the 2021 Award winner.

A world-renowned cultural ambassador, Major Sumner was recognised for his contributions to Aboriginal culture and to positive and future-focussed outcomes for Aboriginal people, land and waterways.

He was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant service to the Indigenous community of South Australia through contributions to health, social welfare, youth and cultural heritage organisations.

Dr Alice Rigney Prize

Presented alongside the Premier’s NAIDOC Award, the Dr Alice Rigney Prize commemorates renowned educationalist and Australia’s first female Aboriginal school principal, Dr Alice (Alitya) Rigney.

Year 12 Kaurna Plains school student Latisha Dodd was announced as the recipient of the 2021 Dr Alice Rigney prize, in recognition of her dedication to her education, support and inspiration to others within the school environment, and her artistic talent.

Previous award winners

Past recipients of the Premier’s NAIDOC Award include:

  • 2019 – Uncle Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien AO
  • 2018 – Joyleen Thomas PSM
  • 2017 – Frank Wanganeen and Alice Rigney (posthumous award)
  • 2016 – Wendy Edmondson
  • 2015 – Lavene Ngatokorua and Kali Hayward
  • 2014 – Josie Agius
  • 2013 – Nici Cumpston
  • 2012 – Linda Clayton
  • 2011 – Vince Coulthard
  • 2010 – Marj Tripp
  • 2009 – Sharon Gollan
  • 2008 – Jean Agius
  • 2007 – Faith Thomas

For further information, please call Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on 08 8226 8900 or email NAIDOC@sa.gov.au.