Entries are now open for the 2021 Indigenous Boarding Awards.

Please review the Entry Guidelines for all of the details, key dates and FAQ’s.

Entries close 12noon (CST) Monday 15 March, 2021.

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Read below for background on the 2020 Awards.

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2020 Indigenous Boarding Awards

The Awards were presented at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium Awards Dinner on Wednesday 18 March, 2020. An event that brought together Symposium delegates and corporate sponsors for a night of accolades, hovering over the water at The Pier, Geelong.

The guests were treated to video acceptance speeches from the winners that were pre-recorded earlier that day. In response to the changes in travel plans, these videos helped share the voices and journeys behind the award winning achievements.

Congratulations to all of the Winners and Finalists. The Award winners in each category are…..


Exceptional Cultural Connection by a Boarding School or Residence  – Sponsored by CSIRO
This award is to acknowledge a boarding school or residence that recognises the value of Indigenous cultural connection and have activities or programs that connect their boarders with relevant Indigenous cultures. This may be connections to local Indigenous groups or the home communities of boarders. 

St Teresa’s College, QLD

Exceptional Contribution to the Community by an Indigenous Boarding Student – Sponsored by Student Concierge Services
Community service not only enhances the lives of others in the community, it is a major contributor to the life skills and wellbeing of the young person giving their time and energy. In this award we are looking for nominations of Indigenous boarding students who actively engage in their community, be it their home community or the community in which they are resident whilst boarding, and have made an exceptional contribution.  

Joint Winners
Kyh, Knox Grammar School, NSW
Sahara, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth, WA

Excellence in the Provision of Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing – Sponsored by Cater Care
This award recognises organisations or individuals who provide Indigenous boarding students with health and wellbeing services and programs that not only supports their participation in education but allows them to thrive as individuals. This may be a partnership between a health provider and a boarding school/residence or a program that is provided to support Indigenous student health and wellbeing. 

Ḏawurr Boarding, Nhulunbuy High School, NT

Excellence in Indigenous Education & Boarding Leadership (individual or organisation) – Sponsored by Boarding Training Australia
Leadership comes in different forms and not just from those in leadership positions. Leadership may be a long term contribution on a successful path or new innovative ways of doing things. The Excellence in Indigenous Boarding Leadership award recognises either individuals or organisations that have challenged common practice and are pursuing excellence in order to make a difference to the lives of their Indigenous boarders.  

Jill Hill, Clontarf Aboriginal College, WA

Exceptional Contribution to Indigenous Student Boarding (individual) – Sponsored by Indigenous Education and Boarding Australia
Many people make contributions to the boarding experience for Indigenous boarders whether it is a staff member, teacher, volunteer, community leader or a parent. However, some individuals go above and beyond with a passion to make an exceptional contribution. This award seeks to recognise these outstanding individuals .

Sharon Wilkinson, Downlands College, QLD

A special thank you to Cater Care, our Awards Dinner Sponsor for the 2nd year in a row, award category sponsors and to all of the organisations who entered the 2020 Awards.

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