Nominations are NOW CLOSED for the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) 2022.

Who will you nominate this year?

DAAFF’s Indigenous Fashion Projects (IFP) is thrilled to invite you to nominate for this year’s National Indigenous Fashion Awards!

Launched in 2020, the NIFA provides a vibrant and exciting platform to celebrate the innovation, diversity and ethical practices of Australia’s First Nations peoples in fashion and textiles, whilst contributing to the capacity building of the sector.

Recognising and showcasing excellence across six categories, the award ceremony is a unique opportunity for the Australian and international fashion community to connect to the world’s oldest living cultures.

The prestigious awards recognise excellence across several areas and include the:
Traditional Adornment Award
Recognising an individual or group for the design of items that are created and worn to define or express culture. This award aims to encourage the creation and acknowledgement of traditional cultural regalia.

For example: ceremonial dilly bag, dancing belt, head-dress, possum skin cloak.

The award considers:

  • Quality of construction
  • Expression of living culture and traditional practice and storytelling
  • Contribution to the recognition and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Community Collaboration Award
Celebrating effective and productive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the textile and fashion industry. 

The nominee is an Art Centre or the community, with the award recognising all parties to the collaboration.

For example: Past winners have included Bula’bula Arts x MAARA Collective, Anindilyakwa Arts x Anna Reynolds and Aly de Groot.

The award considers:

  • Demonstration of collaborative process 
  • Demonstration of Indigenous agency in the collaboration process
  • Cultural expression and storytelling
  • Social and economic contribution to Indigenous communities
  • Originality & Innovation
Business Achievement Award
This is a NEW award for an Individual or group, recognising leadership in a Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business, showing both creative and commercial success in textiles and fashion.

For example: a label, business, Art Centre etc.

The award considers:

  • Business innovation
  • Product or service quality
  • Environmental and social contribution
  • Brand development and marketing
  • Cultural expression and storytelling
  • Impact on the Australian Indigenous fashion sector
Textile Design Award
Recognising an individual designer of textiles, including woven, knitted or other textile constructions as well as dyed, printed or surface ornamented materials.

For example: screen print and lino print designs, woven garments, innovative digital designs on fabrics etc.

The award considers:

  • Excellence in textile design
  • Innovation and originality
  • Quality of craft; print, dye or surface ornamentation (where applicable)
  • Cultural expression and storytelling
  • Environmental and social contribution
Wearable Art Award
Recognising an individual designer who has created a single (not a collection) worn item of clothing, accessory or piece of jewellery that demonstrates excellence in design, craft and artistic expression.

For example: a one off dress, a piece of jewellery. 

The award considers:

  • Design quality and originality
  • Artistic merit
  • Cultural expression and storytelling
  • Quality of construction
  • Wearability and/or performance potential
Fashion Designer Award
Recognising an Individual designer of original fashion apparel who has excelled both creatively and commercially.

For example: past winners have included Julie Shaw of MAARA Collective, and Denni Francisco of Ngali.

The award considers:

  • Excellence in fashion design
  • Styling and product quality and originality
  • Commercial capability (has created a minimum of two commercial collections)
  • Cultural expression and storytelling
  • Environmental and social contribution

Who can nominate and be nominated?


  • Anyone can nominate! Note that you must have permission from the person/people you are nominating.
  • You can also nominate yourself!
  • The NIFA celebrates and recognises Indigenous Australians, and so nominees must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
  • You can nominate someone for multiple NIFA categories, ie. you may nominate them for the Fashion Designer Award AND the Business Achievement Award.

Nominate Here

Nominations are now closed. Shortlisted nominees will be notified in May.

To discuss your application, please contact dave@daaf.com.au

Take a look at last year’s showcase…

The National Indigenous Fashion Awards made waves across Australia with an intimate ceremony on Larrakia Country, and a national broadcast on NITV! Take a look as some of the beautiful moments from last year, now available to stream on SBS OnDemand!

And this year…

Save the Date | Wednesday Evening, 3 August 2022

More announcements to come…

Image Credits | 1) Kiesha wears pieces by NIFA Special Recognition winners Bima Wear, styled with Matteau, National Indigenous Fashion Awards photoshoot with marie claire Australia, 2021, photo by Tristan Stefan Edouard. 2) Artists from Anindilyakwa accepting the Community Collaboration NIFA 2022, Photo by Dylan Buckee. 3) Shaneiva wears Gumnut Gown by Paul McCann, winner of the 2021 Cultural Adornment & Wearable Art NIFA, National Indigenous Fashion Awards photoshoot with marie claire Australia, 2021, photo by Tristan Stefan Edouard.
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