The Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards 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, Arts and Higher Education.

The Awards are delivered through a partnership between the Department of the Premier and Cabinet Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation division and the Office of His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia.

One Award recipient in each category receives:

  • a certificate of recognition
  • $3,000 bursary to aid them in their pursuits
  • the services of a mentor to assist in career development.

Nominations are accepted for the Sport and Arts Award categories. The Higher Education Award is allocated automatically to the Aboriginal student who achieves the highest Grade Point Average, in either their final or penultimate year, across three South Australian universities: University of South Australia, Flinders University and The University of Adelaide.


Nominations have now closed for the Sport and Arts categories of the Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards 2019. Thank you to all nominees who have applied.

Nominations are now being considered, and winners will be announced by the end of May 2019.

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The Governor’s Aboriginal Youth Awards were launched in 2017.

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

The inaugural Arts award focused on a sub-category of music and was awarded to Ms Jessica Wishart, a young Bidjara (Queensland) singer, songwriter and guitarist living in South Australia, known for sharing her personal stories through country, folk and soul‑style music.

The Higher Education award was presented to Ms Kaitlin Morrison, who completed a Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University and was undertaking an honours program with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute focusing on Type 2 Diabetes and vascular complications in Indigenous Peoples.