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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.

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Australia Day Awards

2018 Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the City’s 2018 Australia Day Awards have now closed. Congratulations to the winners who were announced at a presentation ceremony in January 2018.

2018 Australia Day Award recipients

Karen Phillips - Gold Coast Citizen of the Year

Karen boasts an expansive career in media as a qualified journalist, and is an avid supporter of women’s cancer charities and other causes, having assisted in raising more than $2 million for a range of not-for-profit organisations.


Madison Birtchnell - Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year

Madison is just 17 and for the past 10 years has singlehandedly organised empowering community events, generated funding, arranged sponsorship and guest speakers, created cultural and social change locally, raised awareness and broken-down barriers surrounding important social issues.


Trevor Hendy - Gold FM Community Service Award

Trevor is a former Australian professional surf lifesaver, having won six Australian Open Ironman titles and the Uncle Toby's Super Series four times. He is now a motivational speaker and life coach.


Sally Pearson - Sports Achievement Award

Sally is one of the fastest 100 metre hurdlers in history and a GC2018 Ambassador. Sally has placed the Gold Coast on the world's stage and is an incredible motivator and ambassador for Gold Coast and youth in particular.


Dr Michael Pyne - Environment Achievement Award

Michael heads up the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. When Michael joined in 2000 the hospital was treating 2500 injured and sick native animals annually, the hospital now treats more than 10,000 of our sick and injured wildlife annually.


Lisa Sorbie Martin - Cultural Achievement Award

Lisa has lived on the Gold Coast for 35 years and has developed her skills as a painter, textile artist and fashion designer. Lisa’s work has been presented both nationally and internationally.


2019 Australia Day Award nominations

Every year, City of Gold Coast recognises community members and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold Coast for exceptional achievement, by presenting the City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards. Nominations are now open for these awards in 2019 across the following categories:

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 2019

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 2019.
  9. Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged 16–25 years as at 26 January 2019.

How to nominate

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

You can nominate a deserving Gold Coaster for the 2019 Australia Day Awards by completing the online form.

Announcing the winners

Winners of the 2018 Australia Day Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony in mid-January 2018.

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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