Australia Day Awards Program

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.

Australia Day Winners 2018

The winners of the 2018 Moreton Bay Regional Council Australia Day Awards were announced at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Thursday 17 January 2019 at Clear Mountain Lodge. The 2019 winners:

  • Citizen of the Year: Elisha Wright
  • Volunteer of the Year: Des Dewar
  • Sports Award: Mitchell James
  • Youth Sports Award: Fraser Vaughan
  • Arts & Culture Award: Carmel Bond
  • Environment Award: Richard and Carole Green

Nomination timeframe

Nominations are invited annually from individuals and community organisations over eight weeks from September through to October.

Round Opening date Closing date Notification
2020 Australia Day Awards nominations  1 September 31 October January

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 18 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.

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 (18 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 (18 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.

Information required to nominate an individual

You will need to provide the below information to nominate an individual for an Australia Day Award of any category:

  • nominee contact details
  • contact details for a least one reference
  • supporting information is strongly encouraged.

Nominees must be 18 years and under to be eligible for the Young Citizen of the Year Award and Youth Sports Award. However, all other categories do not have any age restrictions.

Nominating an individual for more than one category

The selection panel reserves the right to consider a nominee under an alternate category to that which they were nominated. However, an individual cannot receive two Australia Day Awards in the same year. An individual need only be nominated once to be considered. The number of nominations received per nominee will bear no weight in the selection process.

Nominating the same individual for the same category the following year

Yes. However, an individual may only receive one award under a specific category.

They may be eligible for future awards under alternate categories.

Nominating the same individual if they are unsuccessful

Yes. Individuals are eligible to reapply next year if they are unsuccessful in this year’s Australia Day Award Nominations.

All award winners will each receive a trophy and a certificate of recognition.

The Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year winners will also receive a gift voucher.