Australia Day Community Citizen of the Year Award

The Australia Day Community Citizen of the Year Awards focus on community contribution and participation rather than personal achievement.

The Shire of Dowerin invites you to nominate an outstanding citizen or group for one of the Awards to be presented on Australia Day Thursday 26 January 2023. The awards recognise and celebrate significant contributions to community life and active citizenship.

Guidelines and Criteria

The recipients will be selected from people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the local community over several years through active involvement.

Nomination Process

Nominations open Friday, 30 September 2022 and close on , Monday, 05 December 2022. Nominations forms are available from the Shire Office or electronically via the forms listed  below.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees should reside or work principally within the Shire of Dowerin;
  • Awards may be granted posthumously in recognition of recent achievements;
  • A person cannot receive the same award twice unless the nomination is for a contribution in a different field;
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be nominated in future years;
  • Sitting members of Federal, Local and State Government are not eligible;
  • No self-nominations are permitted;
  • Contact details of Nominator must be stated;
  • Groups of people or couples will not normally be eligible except when meeting the criteria for a community group;
  • A person may receive an award o more than one occasion in recognition of their particularly outstanding contribution or involvement in an alternative initiative; and
  • Nomination must be apolitical in their nature and should not in any way bring the awards program or the Shire of Dowerin unto disrepute.

Judging Process

The judging panel for will be made up of Council’s Australia Day Honours Committee. These prestigious awards are usually only available to one recipient in each category in each year. The judges’ decisions will be final.

Presentation of Awards

Awards will be presented the morning of Thursday 26 January 2023 at the Dowerin Memorial Swimming Pool as part of the Australia Day Celebrations.

The awards highlight active citizenship, outstanding contribution to the local community and Australian pride and spirit. Choose the one that suits your nominee and click on it to download the nomination form. Once the form is completed please email to

Active Citizenship (Community Group or Event) Nomination Form

Citizen of the Year Nomination Form

Senior Citizen of the Year Nomination Form