Citizen of the Year Awards

Each year on Australia Day, the Citizen of the Year Awards give local government around the state the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution and celebrate the active citizenship of Western Australians at a local community level.

The Auspire - Australia Day Council WA, Community Citizen of the Year Awards are presented by Local Government within local communities across Western Australia on Australia Day. The Patron of the Citizen of the Year Awards is Her Excellency the Governor of Western Australia.

The Awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations making a notable contribution during the current year, and/or to those who have given outstanding service over a number of years.

Outstanding contribution and community service includes areas such as; education, health, fund-raising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that contributes to the advancement and wellbeing of a community.

For more information, including how to nominate, please visit

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Nominations for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards for Australia Day 2019 will open 1 September 2018 and close on 31 October 2018.

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The Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards program has been delivered in partnership with Western Australian Local Government organisations for more than 15 years.  The program has evolved into one of the key activities and draw-cards for Local Governments at their annual Australia Day Citizenship celebrations.

The Community Citizen of the Year Awards Program was relauched in 2017 to coincide with Australia Day WA's 40th Anniversary.  Improvements to the awards program included the addition of a 'Seniors' award category, a dedicated website with a streamlined online nomination facility and the inclusion of our Patron, Her Excellency the Governor of Western Australia as signatory on the award certificates – a huge honour and special acknowledgement for those community members recognised by their local council in each of the categories.

The criteria for the awards remains consistant with previous years and allows you to recognise a wider range of your community champions through the four categories:

  • Community Citizen of the Year

  • Community Citizen of the Year - Senior  (over 65 years of age)

  • Commnity Citizen of the Year - Youth (under 25 years of age)

  • Active Citizenship Award (to recognise a community group or event)

To register your council's interest in participating in the awards for Australia Day 2019 please contact us on (08) 9325-9988.


Auspire - Australia Day Council WA, through all of its Awards Programs, is keen to recognise those displaying the ideals of social justice, cultural diversity and acknowledging the importance that the  reconciliation process plays in enabling people to feel valued and contribute more positively to society.