2019 Chairperson’s Excellence Award recipient, Maddison Paluch. Photo by Jamie James

While NAISDA follows the Competency Based Training and Assessment system, Developing Artists may also be awarded a NAISDA Distinction or High Distinction for their studies.

These awards are given out once per year and form part of the NAISDA annual NAISDA Graduation Ceremony. These awards show a DAs commitment and excellence in study.

The awards are voted based by teachers and assessors. To be eligible for an award high attendance and excellent results through the assessment process are necessary.

Chairman’s Excellence Award

The Chairman’s Excellence Award is generously sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is presented each year to a graduating Diploma DA in recognition of their exemplary positive contribution to college life and highly distinguished artistic and academic performance record.  A trophy and monetary gift are presented at the annual Graduation Ceremony and the DA’s name included on the NAISDA Chairman’s perpetual trophy.

2019 – Maddison Paluch
2018 – Neville Williams-Boney
2017 – Jye Uren
2016 – Kassidy Waters
2015 – Nadia Martich
2014 – Rika Hamaguchi
2013 – Shae Duncan
2012 – Thomas E.S Kelly
2011 – Amy Minchin
2010 – Travis De Vries

NAISDA Awards 2019

Certificate III
Djirri Desmond – High Distinction for units in Contemporary Indigenous Dance and Performance and Production
Stephanie Kitchener – High Distinction for the unit in Physical Theatre Skills

Certificate IV
Janaya Lamb – Distinction for the unit in Physical Theatre

Maddison Paluch – High Distinction for the unit in Performance and Production
Maddison Paluch – High Distinction for the unit in Produce and direct Dancefilm
Kiara Wilson – Distinction for the unit in Contemporary Urban Dance
Kiarn Doyle – Distinction for units in Contemporary Urban Dance and Cultural Studies on Country