Citizen of the Year Awards
Each year on Australia Day, the Community Citizen of the Year Awards give local governments around the state the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and celebrate community engagement of people within the community. Let’s Reflect, Respect and Celebrate community contribution across our state on Australia Day.
We’re all part of the story.
The Community Citizen of the Year Awards are presented by the Shire of Manjimup on Australia Day, to reward and recognise individuals and organisations making a notable contribution to their community.
Nominations can be made by individuals or community groups for community service in areas such as education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment or social inclusion.
Access the nomination form on the citizenship awards website.
Who can nominate?
- Individual members of the public
- Individuals on behalf of a group or organisation
- Local council staff and councillors may also make nominations based on local knowledge and experience.
Each year three local citizens and one local community group in each local government area will be eligible for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards. The recipients will be selected from nominated people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years through active involvement.
Auspire provides four awards each year for presentation in each local government area. These prestigious awards are provided to your local government for presentation during Australia Day celebrations.
The winners will have been judged to have shown community engagement and:
- Significant contribution to the local community.
- Demonstrated leadership on a community issue resulting in the enhancement of community life.
- A significant initiative which has brought about positive change and added value to community life.
- Inspiring qualities as a role model for the community
To be selected as an Award recipient, nominees must first meet the outlined Awards selection criteria. Regard is given to their achievements in the year immediately prior to the receipt of the Awards, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to their community.
One nomination is all it takes – multiple nominations will not automatically strengthen an individual’s chances of selection.
Those participating in the short-listing process and selection panel members may also take into consideration the following when assessing and comparing nominations:
- Personal, academic and professional achievements
- Contribution in the relevant field (how has this person ‘put back’ into their field to benefit others)
- Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
- Personal interests and community involvement
- Contribution to the local community
- Contribution to development of regional community and/or economy
- Future goals and likely impact
- Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
- Previous awards and recognition
- Voluntary work beyond paid employment
- Nature and length of activity and service
- Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
- Whether the work of the individual is dividing in opinion or unifying the community.
In ensuring that the Community Citizen of the Year Awards recipients are representative of our diverse society, consideration should be given to: Gender, Age, Ethnicity, cultural background, Field of endeavour.
In 2002, Premier Geoff Gallop, agreed to lend his name to a new local Government Awards Program that recognised local active citizenship at a local community level. The awards owned and managed by the Australia Day Council WA were originally called the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards.
Over the years, the awards have grown to engage more than 80 Local Government Authorities around the state. It has evolved into one of the key activities and drawcards for Local Councils at their annual Australia Day Citizenship celebrations.
In 2017, the Australia Day Council WA celebrated its 40th anniversary and relaunched the awards with a new name and a range of improvements to coincide with our anniversary. The awards are now called the Community Citizen of the Year Awards.