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Wollongong City Council

2022 Australia Day Awards

Nominations for our 2022 Australia Day Awards are now open.

All nominations must be lodged online and completed by 11:59pm (AEST) Monday 15 November 2021 to be considered.

Winners will be announced shortly before Australia Day.

Award categories

Categories for our Australia Day Awards are described below.

All individuals nominated in any category are also automatically considered for the Citizen of the Year Award.

A person of any age who has made a contribution to the Wollongong Community to an exceptionally high standard should be regarded as worthy to be the ‘Wollongong Citizen of the Year’.

A person aged 65 and over on 26 January, who has made a contribution to the Wollongong Community to an exceptionally high standard should be regarded as worthy to be the ‘Senior Wollongong Citizen of the Year’.

A person aged 30 or under on 26 January, who has a contribution to the Wollongong Community to an exceptionally high standard should be regarded as worthy to be the ‘Young Wollongong Citizen of the Year’.

A person or group who has influenced or made the most valuable contribution to the performing or visual arts, or the heritage of the City of Wollongong.

A person/team which has influenced or made the most valuable contribution to the playing, coaching, management or promotion of at least one sport in the City of Wollongong.

A person or group who has influenced, or made the most innovative contribution, in such endeavours (but not limited to) science, technology, education, research, medicine, mathematics or the environment in the City of Wollongong.

A local volunteer, not-for-profit, or service organisation based in the City of Wollongong which has made an outstanding contribution to the people of the City of Wollongong.

A person or group that has shown outstanding and innovative contributions that promote social inclusion, acceptance and understanding of human diversity in the City of Wollongong.

A person who has a strong Wollongong Connection but who is no longer residing in the City, but who is achieving great things nationally and/or internationally in any field of endeavour.

Nominate online

Read the Award Terms and Conditions, then use the button below to submit a nomination.

Selection Criteria

Nominations are assessed using the selection criteria below.

  1. Please provide examples of the nominee or community group's outstanding achievements in supporting the City of Wollongong community over the period of 2020/2021. (Max. 300 words)
  2. Please provide examples of how the nominee or community group inspires other in the City of Wollongong community, through their leadership, innovation, or creativity. (Max. 200 words)
  3. Describe how the nominee has overcome challenges and demonstrated bravery, sacrifice and/or tenacity in their service to the City of Wollongong community? (Max. 200 words)
  4. How has the  nominee demonstrated excellence in their field or area of endeavour and to the City of Wollongong community, and explain why their contribution is considered extraordinary? (Max. 200 words)

Wollongong to the World selection criteria.

  1. Please provide examples of the nominee or community group's outstanding achievements in supporting the City of Wollongong community nationally and/or internationally over the period of 2020/2021. (Max. 300 words)
  2. Please provide examples of how the nominee has gone on to inspire others through their leadership, innovation, or creativity beyond Wollongong. (Max. 200 words)
  3. Describe how the nominee has overcome challenges and demonstrated bravery, sacrifice and/or tenacity in their service to the City of Wollongong community. (Max. 200 words)
  4. How has the nominee demonstrated excellence in their field or area of endeavour and to the City of Wollongong community, and explain why their contribution is considered extraordinary? (Max. 200 words)

The Australia Day Committee will also consider the following:

  • Personal and professional achievements, particularly in the past two years
  • Contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee ‘put back’ into their field to benefit others)
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • Contribution to the regional community and/or economy
  • Have instilled greater pride in the City of Wollongong as a result of their efforts and achievements
  • 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 or service
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
  • Any criminal record or previous negative publicity won’t disqualify the nominee, but should be considered by the Australia Day Committee, so as not to bring the Awards into disrepute.

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