Vivienne Cleven wins the David Unaipon Award for Bitin' Back.
Corroboree 2000 and the Walk for Reconciliation occurs.
Cathy Freeman wins gold at the Sydney Olympics.
Kim Scott wins Miles Franklin Literary Award (shared with Thea Astley) for his novel Benang: From the Heart.
John Muk Muk Burke wins the Kate Challis RAKA Award for his poetry collection Night Song and Other Poems.
Footballer, boxer, and children's author Anthony Mundine is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Yvonne Augius is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Female).
Search for recipients of National NAIDOC Awards.
Robert Lowe wins the David Unaipon Award for The Mish.
Kim Scott wins the Kate Challis RAKA Award for Creative Prose for his novel Benang: From the Heart.
Musician Kutcha Edwards is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year. Poet Cec Fisher is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Male).
Larissa Behrendt wins the David Unaipon Award for Home.
Jane Harrison and Dallas Winmar are joint winners of the Kate Challis RAKA Award: Jane Harrison for her play Stolen, and Dallas Winmar for her play Aliwa!.
Playwright Peter Coppin is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Male). Ida West is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Female).
Fiona Doyle wins the David Unaipon Award for Whispers of This Wik Woman.
Actor and playwright Deborah Mailman is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Fred Penny is awarded National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.
Stacey Kelly-Greenup is awarded National NAIDOC Youth of the Year.
19 November: In Queensland, Mulrunji, an Indigenous Palm Island resident, died of injuries in a police cell after being arrested for allegedly causing a public nuisance. His death led to civic disturbances on the island and a legal, political and media sensation that continued for three years, culminating in the first trial of an Australian police officer for a death in custody. The officer was finally acquitted by a jury in June 2007. It continues to be a defining event in Black White relations in Australia.
Tara June Winch wins the David Unaipon Award for Swallow the Air.
Aden Ridgeway is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Columnist Jirra Lulla Harvey is awarded National NAIDOC Artist of the Year.
The first Black Harmony Gathering was held on the banks of the Yarra River celebrating the cultural diversity in Harmony Week.
March 23: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) abolished.
Yvette Holt wins the David Unaipon Award for Anonymous Premonition.
Alexander Brown wins the Kate Challis RAKA Award for the poetry collection Ngarla Songs. Brown had worked with the linguist Brian Geytenbeek to collect, translate and assemble the most telling songs of the Ngarla people (who retain their ownership of these songs). In the resulting poems in English Brown gives us images, movement and gestures with a direct physicality.
Larissa Behrendt wins the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best First Book for Home.
Ruby Langford Ginibi wins the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Special Award.
Wesley Enoch wins the Patrick White Playwrights' Award for The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table.
Cheryl Buchanan is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year jointly with Rodney Dillon.
Albert Holt is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Male).
Musician Kerrianne Cox is awarded National NAIDOC Artist of the Year. Novelist Joleen Ryan is awarded National NAIDOC Youth of the Year.
Tony Briggs wins the Helpmann award for his play, The Sapphires, produced by Melbourne Theatre Company.
Vivienne Cleven wins the Kate Challis RAKA Award for Creative Prose for her two distinctive and accomplished novels, Bitin' Back and Her Sister's Eye. These works challenge stereotypes and give a previously unexpressed voice to Indigenous experience in rural Queensland.
Tara June Winch wins the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Prize for Indigenous Writing for Swallow the Air, and is shortlisted for Arts the Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award, and the Age Book of the Year Award, Fiction Prize. Tara is highly commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award and commended in the Kate Challis RAKA Award.
Gayle Kennedy wins the David Unaipon Award for Me, Antman, and Fleabag.
Wesley Enoch's play, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table, is produced in Tokyo as part of the Dramatic Australia Festival at the Repertory Theatre KAZE. Performed in Japanese with translation by Keiji Sawada and Rei Sudo.
Ruby Langford Ginibi wins Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Writers' Emeritus Award.
Author and columnist Stephen Hagan is awarded National NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Vince Ross is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Male).
Essayist Judy Tatow is awarded National NAIDOC Elder of the Year (Female).
Ten Canoes is the first feature film in Australia to be made entirely in an Aboriginal language (although narrated in English). Renowned actor David Gulpilil is the storyteller.
Indigenous nurse and mentor Sally Goold is named Senior Australian of the Year.
On 28 January, Warren Mundine, who is a member of the Bundjalung nation, succeeds Barry Jones as President of the Australian Labor Party. He becomes the first Indigenous Australian to serve as President of an Australian political party and serves one term as national President, stepping down in 2007.
May 25: The 1967 Referendum is commemorated around Australia including a panel of writers at the Sydney Writers Festival with Anita Heiss, Richard Frankland, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Aden Ridgeway and Lilian Holt.
June: The Intervention is established. With the exception of some prominent Aboriginal commentators, Aboriginal groups strongly condemned the Intervention. The authors of the Little Children are Sacred Report also spoke out against it, arguing that its heavy handed, top-down approach was inconsistent with the recommendations in the report. Source: http://reconciliaction.org.au/nsw/ (Sighted: 15/4/09)
Tara June Winch wins the Nita May Dobbie Award, and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, UTS Award for New Writing for Swallow the Air. Tara is joint winner in The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year, and is shortlisted in the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Newcomer of the Year.
Alexis Wright wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for Carpentaria. For the same epic novel she wins the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, The Age Book of the Year Award, Fiction Prize, the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year. Carpentaria was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, and was nominated for the Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Literature.
Anita Heiss wins the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry for her collection I'm Not Racist, But ... a collection of social observations. She also wins the Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Literature for her novel Not Meeting Mr Right.
Elizabeth Hodgson wins the David Unaipon Award for Skin Painting.
Richard Frankland's Digger J Jones is nominated for the Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Literature.
Jane Garlil Christophersen is nominated for a Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Literature for Kakadu Calling: Stories for Kids.
Wesley Enoch's play The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table is produced by Griffin Theatre Company at SBW Stables Theatre, Sydney, directed by Marion Potts.
Tammy Anderson's solo show Itchy Clacker is presented by Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre at the Melbourne Comedy festival at the Powder Room, Melbourne Town Hall.
BlackWords is officially launched at Sydney Writers Festival by Anita Heiss, Larissa Behrendt and Tara June Winch. A plenary session on BlackWords and teaching Indigenous literature is held at the annual Association for the Study of Australian Literature conference at The University of Queensland in July.
Ruby Langford Ginibi wins National NAIDOC Awards, Elder of the Year (Female).
Playwright, actor, and director Leah Purcell is awarded the National NAIDOC Artist of the Year.
The documentary Kanyini, the story of author and storyteller Bob Randall is voted 'best documentary' at the London Australian Film Festival.
Fiona Doyle's biography of her grandmother Whispers of this Wik Woman, premiers at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, produced by Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts Company.
Sam Watson makes his playwriting debut with The Mack, written in association with the Brisbane-based Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts Company, and first performed at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.
In an historic act of reconciliation on the first full day of the 42nd Parliament of Australia, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offers an apology. See also: The Apology to the Stolen Generations.
The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature is published by Allen & Unwin and brings together for the first time 81 Aboriginal writers, songwriters, playwrights, poets, social commentators, journalists, cultural activists and political heroes in one volume. Marking the evolution of Aboriginal literature in English from Bennelong's letter in 1796 right through to Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006), the anthology is targeted at the education sector with an on-line teachers' guide designed to assist use of the book in the classroom. The book has been published in Canada by McGill-Queens for the North American market and Norton in the UK.
Yvette Holt wins the Scanlon Prize for Poetry and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Indigenous Writing for her poetry collection Anonymous Premonition.
Tara June Winch awarded the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Literature Mentorship - to be mentored by Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka
The second national Indigenous Literacy Day was held to raise much needed funds for literacy projects in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Dr Anita Heiss, Alexis Wright and Tara June Winch are ILD Ambassadors.
Marcia Langton was awarded the Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate at the 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for her essay 'Trapped in the Aboriginal Reality Show' published in Griffith Review.
Dallas Winmar wrote and Wesley Enoch directed, the play, 'Yibiyung'. Presented at Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney, the cast included: Jada Alberts, Jimi Bani, Sibylla Budd, Annie Byron, Russell Dykstra, Roxanne McDonald, David Page, Melodie Reynolds and Miranda Tapsell
Written by Scott Rankin and co-creator/key performer Trevor Jamieson, 'Ngapartji Ngapartji' was presented at the Belvoir St Theatre, in Sydney.
Marie Munkara wins The David Unaipon for her collection of stories, 'Every Secret Thing'.
Anita Heiss & Peter Minter wins the 2008 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature.
Written by Rachel Perkins, Louis Nowra and Beck Cole, The First Australians television series chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia from the perspective of its first people. Over seven episodes the series explores the impact of invasion and colonisation on the oldest living culture in the world.
Patrick Dodson is awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.
The Spirit Festival was first held in Adelaide and was named in recognition of the spirit of sport, the spirit of the arts and most importantly the spirit of our people and our culture.
In July Yolgnu and Bininj clans across Arnhem Land presented Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd with a statement calling on the government to 'work towards constitutional recognition of our prior ownership and rights'. In accepting the communiqué, the Prime Minister pledged his support for recognition of Indigenous peoples in the Constitution.
Jack Charles vs The Crown written by Jack Charles & John Romeril and directed by Rachael Maza, is presented at Belvoir St Theatre.
black+write Indigenous Writing Fellowships were awarded to Ali Cobby-Eckermann for Ruby Moonlight and Sue McPherson for Grace Beside Me.
Kim Scott wins the Kate Challis RAKA Award for his novel That Deadman Dance.
On August 26 to mark what is now known as ‘Freedom Day’, thousands march to marked the 45th Anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off at Kalkarindji and Dagaragu, the home of the Gurindji nation (and supported by the associated nations of the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Nyarinman and Warlpiri peoples). The protest led by Vincent Lingiari in 1966 was a demand for rights to traditional country, and to be treated equally with other Australians employed on the land.
Dylan Coleman wins the David Unaipon Award for Mazin Grace.
Kim Scott wins the Miles Franklin Award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and a number of other awards, including the inaugural Victorian Prize for Literature for That Deadman Dance. Kim Scott also wins the Kate Challis Raka award for That Deadman Dance. Alexis Wright (Carpentaria), Gayle Kennedy (Me, Antman & Fleabag) and Tony Birch (Shadowboxing) were shortlisted.
26 January – Well known Redfern community advocate Shane Phillips wins the Australian of the Year award for Australia’s Local Hero. Shane is the CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association and works tirelessly on improving the lives of Aboriginal people in Redfern.
Boori Monty Pryor appointed as the first Aboriginal Australian Children’s Laureate (joint appointment with Alison Lester).
January 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary of the 1992 High Court decision in favour of Eddie Mabo. Mabo, directed by Rachel Perkins airs on ABC television, as does the six-part series Redfern Now, the first contemporary TV drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians.
Anita Heiss wins the Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing for her book, Am I Black Enough For You?
Siv Parker wins the David Unaipon Award for Story.
Kim Scott wins the Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction for That Deadman Dance.
Bill Gammage wins the Victorian Premier Literary Award for his book, The Biggest Estate on Earth; How the Aborigines made Australia.
Ali Cobby Eckermann wins the 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for her novel in verse, Ruby Moonlight
Poet and storyteller Herb Wharton awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.
Anita Heiss wins the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing.
The process for holding a national referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians begins.
National Indigenous Television becomes free to air on Dec 12, 2012.
Yirra Yaakin celebrates 21 years as Western Australia’s leading Aboriginal performing arts company.
The late Dr Yunupingu from Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi posthumously receives the Companion of the Order of Australia, one of Australia’s highest honours. The award recognises the highest degree of service to humanity.
Sydney Swans AFL player Adam Goodes is named Australian of the Year.
Mother and daughter Lesley and Tammy Williams win the David Unaipon Awards for their work Not Just Black and White: A Conversation Between a Mother and Daughter.
David Gulpilil wins Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Charlie’s Country directed by Rolf de Heer. Gulpilil also picked up the Best lead Actor award at the AACTA Awards.
Alexis Wright wins the ALS Gold Medal award for her outstanding literary work The Swan Book.
Melissa Lucashenko wins the prize for Indigenous Writing in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for her novel Mullumbimby.
Henry Reynolds wins the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for his non-fiction Forgotten War.
Fiona Paisley wins the Magarey Medal for Biography (ASAL Awards) for her biography The Lone Protestor: A M Fernando in Australia and Europe.
National Indigenous Human Rights Awards saw Rosalie Kunoth-Monks receive the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights; Eddie Murray (posthumously awarded to his family) the Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice; and Barbara McGrady the recipient of the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage.
Recognised for her work Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doris Pilkington Garimara dies on the 10 April.
Aboriginal activist and leader of the campaign for the 1967 referendum for Aboriginal Australians, Faith Bandler dies on 13 February, she was 96.
Leeanne Enoch MP is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected in Queensland Government.
A star is named in honour of Eddie Koiki Mabo at a naming ceremony at the Sydney Observatory. Co-ordinates for location of the SSSC star Koiki: sssc803504 RA 12:12:21.9 Dec -62:57:03.0 Mag: 5.97 Constellation: Crux GSC 9878:5899 SAO 251790
Singer songwriter, teacher and activist Bob Randall dies on 13 May, he is best known for his “anthem” for the Stolen Generations, My Brown Skinned Baby.
Aboriginal languages programmes become a new subject in schools.