Australia Day Awards nominations now open

Published on 09 October 2019

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Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in your local community? Why not nominate them for a Yarra Ranges Australia Day award.

Applications are now open for Yarra Ranges Council’s 2020 Australia Day Awards, and residents are encouraged to nominate people who regularly work to improve their communities.

Mayor, Tony Stevenson, said the awards were a chance to recognise people who make the Yarra Ranges a better place to live.

“There are countless people in our community who go above and beyond for the benefit of others,” Cr Stevenson said.

“Whether it’s someone in your sporting club, community or volunteer group who dedicates their time for others and a better Yarra Ranges, we all know someone 

who does great things, but maybe doesn’t always get recognition for it." 

“These people not only help to improve our wonderful part of the world, but they inspire all of us to lend a hand, donate some time and become better people for it.

“I encourage everyone to take a moment, fill out a nomination form and help us to showcase some of the wonderful people who call the Yarra Ranges home.”

An award ceremony will be held on Sunday, 26 January, prior to a ceremony for newly-declared Australian citizens.

Award categories

  • Citizen of Year – above 26 years of age (at 26 January 2020)
  • Young Citizen of the Year – under the age of 26 (at 26 January 2020)
  • Environmental Achiever of the Year
  • Ken McIntosh Memorial Award (Young Environmental Achiever) – under the age of 26 (at 26 January 2020)
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award - selected by the Mayor and peers


Nominations close Friday 13 December 2019, 5.00pm

Click here to view form.

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Australia Day Awards 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for the Yarra Ranges Council Australia Day Awards, people must be Australian citizens (unless there are exceptional circumstances), and must be residents of Australia. The nominee/community group must have made an outstanding contribution to the Municipality which has improved the wellbeing of the Yarra Ranges community.

How to compile your nomination

  • Complete the online submission which should be around 1000 words, maximum 2000 words
  • Include any relevant information to support your nominee
  • List any other awards
  • Names of two referees who may be contacted if required

Attributes of nominee may include

  • Strong community values
  • Ability to show leadership
  • Ability to be a role model
  • Embrace the community and its diverse cultures
  • Commitment to activities that have both short and long term benefits for others and community
  • A commitment to the environment.

Condition of entry

  • Nominations must be made on the official page
  • All nomination information and materials submitted remains the property of the Yarra Ranges Council
  • Persons cannot nominate themselves
  • Entry for the Young Citizen of the Year and the Ken Mclntosh Award must be under 26 years of age (as at 26 January 2020)
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the decision
  • In the absence of any nominations from members of the public, Council may make its own nominations based on local knowledge and experience.

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