As host of the National NAIDOC Awards ceremony and ball, this is a particularly big year for South Australia.

8 Jul 2015 - 1:20 PM  UPDATED 10 Jul 2015 - 7:41 AM

Tauto Sansbury, a Narungga elder, has worked to close the gap in inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for more than 30 years.

Having served the state of South Australia for decades, it is fitting that last year's NAIDOC SA Elder of the Year is a contender for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NAIDOC Awards - in a year when the awards are being held in his own state.

Each year, a different city hosts the National NAIDOC Awards ceremony and ball. The host city is selected by the National NAIDOC Committee. Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces.

Adelaide has done a magnificent job of hosting NAIDOC in 2015, with local events including the NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day and a closing ceremony at Port Augusta.

The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week is 'We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect & Celebrate'.

It is an opportunity to pay respects to country; honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation.

The NAIDOC committee is encouraging all people to learn more about the sacred ground on which they live. 

Tartanya is the name for Adelaide - the place of the red kangaroo.

The NAIDOC Awards will be announced on Friday evening. The annual  awards are hugely important for Aboriginial and Torres Strait Islander peoples and bring the achievements of many people to the fore. 

The 2015 awards take place in Adealide on Friday night.