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Australia Day Awards

Our annual Australia Day Awards program recognises and honours the outstanding achievement of individuals within the Gold Coast community.

Australia Day Awards

2017 Australia Day Awards

The City of Gold Coast’s Australia Day Awards program recognises and honours the outstanding achievement of individuals and groups within our community who are worthy of recognition for helping to make our city a better place to live.

The Awards identify excellence in sporting, environmental and cultural endeavours, as well as naming the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year and Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year.

Nomination categories and general conditions of entry

Select from the drop-down list below to find out more about each award and the general conditions of entry for these awards.

Gold Coast Citizen of the Year - aged 26 years or over as at 26 January 2017

Recognises outstanding members of the community for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • How has the nominee made an outstanding contribution to the local community?
  • What personal goals and objectives has the nominee achieved?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • How is the nominee an inspirational role model for the community?
  • What degree of sacrifice or difficulty has the nominee experienced in their pursuits?

Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year

Recognises young citizens for their personal endeavours, achievements and community input.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • How has the nominee made an outstanding contribution to the local community?
  • What personal goals and objectives has the nominee achieved?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • How is the nominee an inspirational role model for the community?
  • What degree of sacrifice or difficulty has the nominee experienced in their pursuits?

Gold FM Community Service Award

Recognises individuals or groups who have provided outstanding service to the community.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • What community work has the nominee undertaken and how has this work contributed to the development of the community?
  • What degree of sacrifice or difficulty has the nominee experienced in their pursuits?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • Give examples of acts of kindness, generosity or other contribution undertaken by the nominee for the betterment of the community or a particular person or group.

Sports Achievement Award

Recognises the committed sportsperson, coach, administrator or official whose actions inspire and encourage others and enrich the community through sport.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • What personal goals, objectives or achievements has the nominee fulfilled?
  • How is the nominee an inspirational role model?
  • How has the nominee made a special contribution to the community?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • How does the nominee display the qualities of sportsmanship and a sense of fair play?

Environmental Achievement Award

Recognises individuals or groups who demonstrate genuine passion for the environment and strive to improve it through conservation, preservation, protection, replenishment and education.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • How has the nominee made an outstanding contribution to the environment?
  • What degree of sacrifice or difficulty has the nominee experienced in their pursuits?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • How is the nominee an inspirational role model?

Cultural Achievement Award

Recognises individuals or groups involved in the city’s rich cultural and arts community.

Consider the following when nominating:

  • How has the nominee made an outstanding contribution to the cultural or arts community?
  • What degree of sacrifice or difficulty has been experienced by the nominee in their pursuits?
  • Has the work been undertaken on a volunteer or paid basis?
  • How is the nominee an inspirational role model?

General conditions of entry

General conditions of entry are as follows:

  1. Nominees must be a resident of the Gold Coast at the time of nomination.
  2. Nominees can only be nominated in one category.
  3. Nominations will not be accepted if the individual or group has been nominated for an award the previous year.
  4. Recipients of awards are ineligible to receive the same award within a five year period.
  5. All nominations must have two nominators and include a summary of 500 words maximum about the nominee.
  6. All documentation will be retained by the City of Gold Coast.
  7. Contact details of nominators may be forwarded to local media.
  8. Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged 26 years or older as at 26 January 2017.
  9. Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged 16–25 years as at 26 January 2017.

How to nominate

You can nominate a Gold Coast citizen for an award by completing an online nomination form.

Nominations close 5pm on Friday 18 November.

Announcing the winners

The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony in January 2017. Venue and times to be announced.

Further information

To make any enquiries regarding the City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards, please contact the City Events team on
07 5581 5286.

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