The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was commissioned in late 2010 by Vibe Australia to investigate the current nomination and voting system for the Deadly Awards and identify ways in which the current system could be strengthened. The Deadlys are in their 17th year. Beginning as a music award, the categories have expanded over the years to include sport, the arts, community awards and nominations for the Hall of Fame. Given their longevity and the debate that ensued after last year’s awards, it is timely to review the current nomination and voting system. The Deadly Awards are intended to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s outstanding achievements. They enjoy a high profile and considerable prestige.
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Lonsdale, Michele, "Final report : the Deadly Awards Nomination and Voting System Review and Research Project" (2011).