Australia Day Awards program

Australia Day Winners

The Australia Day Awards Program offers Council the opportunity to recognise the valuable achievements of individuals who contribute to the vibrancy of Moreton Bay community life across the region.

The winners of the 2020 Moreton Bay Regional Council Australia Day Awards were announced at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Thursday 16 January 2020 at Sandstone Point Hotel. The 2020 winners are:

View videos of the award winners (view transcript).

Nomination timeframe

Nominations are invited annually from individuals and community organisations over eight weeks from September through to October. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Round Opening date Closing date
2021 Australia Day Awards nominations  1 September 2020 2:00 PM, 30 October 2020

Program eligibility

Nominees for the Australia Day Awards Program must, at the time of nomination:

  • be an Australian Citizen
  • reside within the Moreton Bay Region
  • be nominated by a person or persons other than themselves
  • not be involved in the administration of the Australia Day Awards Program (including the selection process)
  • not be a sitting member of State, Federal or Local Government
  • nominees must be aged 25 years or under as at 26 January of the Awards year to be eligible for the Young Citizen of the Year and Youth Sports Award.

Award categories

The Australia Day Awards program offers seven award categories.

Citizen of the Year

Recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the Moreton Bay community during the preceding year, or over numerous years. The winner will be an inspirational role model for the community and demonstrate a continued commitment to their field.

Young Citizen of the Year

Recognises a young person (25 years and below) for their outstanding contribution to the Moreton Bay community during the preceding year, or over numerous years. The winner will be an inspirational role model for the community and demonstrate a continued commitment to their field.

Volunteer of the Year

Recognises the exemplary volunteer service and contribution of an individual to the Moreton Bay community during the preceding year, or over numerous years.

Sports Award

Celebrates an individual for their sporting achievements during the preceding year and their contribution towards the sporting achievements of the region.

Youth Sports Award

Celebrates a young person (25 years and below) for their sporting achievements during the preceding year and their contribution towards the sporting achievements of the region.

Arts and Culture Award

Celebrates an individual for their creative achievements during the preceding year and their contribution towards the arts and cultural achievement of the region.

Environment Award

Celebrates an individual for their environmental achievements during the preceding year and their contribution towards the preservation and maintenance of the region's natural environment.

How to nominate

Nominate your local hero by 2:00 PM 30 October 2020. You will need the following information to complete the nomination form:

  • name and contact details of nominee
  • name and contact details of at least one referee
  • a description of the nominees achievements and/or contribution to the Moreton Bay Region’s community life
  • supporting documents are strongly encouraged i.e. photos, media, awards.

Nominate now

For further information contact Council’s Community and Cultural Programs Team on (07) 3205 0555 or email communityprograms@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

Selection

Nominees will be scored against the following selection criteria:

  • contribution to the Moreton Bay community
  • commitment and contribution in their field
  • inspirational role model for the Moreton Bay community
  • demonstrated achievement in their field (Sports, Arts & Culture and Environment Awards only).

The Australia Day Awards Selection Panel is comprised of five Council assessors.

The Selection Panel may seek additional information from other sources that are deemed appropriate and relevant to the assessment of the nomination.

If nominations are either limited or not of a sufficiently high standard, the panel reserves the right not to recommend an award for a particular category.

Winners announced

All nominees and their nominator will be invited to attend the Moreton Bay Region Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

Winners will be announced at the special awards ceremony, held at a venue in the Moreton Bay region for nominees and their guests. Nominees are encouraged to refer to the website for updates on the time, date and location of the ceremony. 

Successful nominees under each program category will receive a trophy and a certificate of recognition.  The Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year winners will receive a gift voucher to spend at their leisure.

For further questions regarding the Australia Day Awards Program: