The Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards have been established to recognise young Aboriginal South Australians, aged between 15 and 29 years, who are showing potential and determination to achieve success, or who are excelling in their chosen field in one of three areas: Sport, the Arts and Higher Education.

Each award recipient receives:

  • a certificate of recognition
  • a bursary of $3000
  • the services of a mentor to assist in career development.

In December 2017, at a ceremony held at Government House, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, launched the Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards.

During this ceremony, the inaugural Sports award was presented to Ms Stephanie Austin, a young Adnyamathanha woman, in recognition of her outstanding cricketing achievements.

A second ceremony was held at Government House in May 2018, during which His Excellency presented the inaugural Arts and Higher Education Awards.

The Arts award focussed on a sub-category of music, and was awarded to Ms Jessica Wishart, a young Bidjara (Queensland) singer, songwriter and guitarist who lives in South Australia.

Jessica shares her personal stories through country, folk and soul-style music, including through collaborations with established artists and performances at local events. Jessica has also participated in the Nexus Arts Creative Pathways Program, is a Graduate of the Governor’s 2017 Leadership Foundation Program, and will be releasing an EP in the near future.

The Higher Education award was presented to Ms Kaitlin Morrison, who has completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University.

Kaitlin has received a number of other awards, scholarships and commendations, and is an accomplished violinist and member of the Adelaide Youth Symphony Orchestra. While she is currently undertaking an honours program with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute focusing on Type 2 Diabetes and vascular complications in Indigenous Peoples, Kaitlin plans to continue on to a PhD in the medical science field.

Information regarding application and nomination processes will be made available prior to the next round of awards.

For more information please phone 08 8226 1193 or email