Australia Day Awards nomination information & events

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Australia Day events

Show your national colours and pride by flying the flag at any of the Toowoomba Region’s community-run Australia Day events on January 26. 

The free festivities are an ideal way to join fellow Aussies to celebrate our good fortune to live in this great part of Australia. We’d love residents to join the community activities where we celebrate our diverse society, reflect on our achievements and re-commit to making Australia an even better place for everyone. 

Our regional achievers will be announced and honoured at small ceremonies before residents are invited to join a variety of free entertainment and activities.


2020 Australia Day winners

All Australia Day award winners will be published in our Australia Day award winners article on January 26.


Past Australia Day winners

View past Australia Day award winners.


Australia Day Awards nominations

We are a proud supporter of Australia Day, coordinating and assisting local committees in planning and conducting Australia Day events. The awards are administered by local committees, a coordinating committee and an awards committee on behalf of the Toowoomba Regional Council.

Australia Day awards are presented annually on Australia Day to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to their community. The awards operate at two levels – local and regional. Local Australia Day committees select each local award category winner and may forward nominations to the awards committee to be considered for a regional award.

How to submit a nomination

Fill in either the online or PDF form: Australia Day Awards nomination form (online) or Australia Day Awards nomination form (PDF). Information to help you fill in the form can be found below in the blue sliders.

Nominations close 31 October each year.

Awards categories and eligibility criteria

Award categories

Citizen of the year criteria:

Young citizen of the year criteria:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander - Citizen of the year criteria:

Cultural award criteria:

Sports award criteria:

Community group / event of the year award criteria:

Conditions of entry

How to fill out the nomination form

When you fill out the nomination form, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your nomination provides us with enough information about the achievements of the person you are nominating. Here are some hints to help you get started:

Nominee's details

The nomination form provides space for the nominee's details. In providing this information, consider the following:

Provide examples

Provide examples to support your statements for all of the above. Don't just make a statement - demonstrate it with examples. To help you get started here is an example of an answer that provides a great amount of information:

At 22 years Christina is an outstanding young dancer and shares her passion for the arts with the community of Pittsworth, particularly through the Youth Ballet Company. Since 13 Christina has won overall best dancer in the Toowoomba Eisteddfod, and in 2002 obtained first place in the National Ballet Eisteddfod held in Perth. Christina has been accepted into the Australian Ballet Company but has decided to stay in the local area to teach dance to the youth.

Throughout her training, she has faced the isolation of being a ballet dancer a long way from the big companies based in the southern states. She worked two part time jobs to raise the funds to travel south each Christmas to undertake intensive classes.

Christina is the lead dancer for the Youth Ballet Company and has recently choreographed two short ballets. Christina was the driving force behind a tour to Tenant Creek and to Alice Springs in September last year and she is planning a tour to Alice Springs again this year.

Christina is not only an exceptional dancer; she is committed to building the local arts community. All of Christina's work with the Youth Ballet has been voluntary. I estimate that she has spent at least 20 hours per week for the past four years working with the younger dancers in the company.

Christina shows that the arts are alive and well in rural Australia. She continues to combine her talents and passion for the arts to promote dance. Through my son who is a member of the Youth Ballet Company I can see that she has changed the lives of many young people. She has given them the opportunity to express themselves in dance and the company has grown as a result of her involvement. All of the members and parents are inspired by her passion, drive and great skill as a leader and as a dancer.

She is a role model to her younger dancers and I believe to all of those associated with the company. She is an outstanding young Australian.

Supporting documentation

If you are nominating, you can attach supporting documentation to the form. Supporting documentation can include:

Requesting further information or help to fill out the nomination form

You can contact any of the region’s community development officers on 131 872 or by emailing us for assistance filling out the nomination form.

How to request help submitting this form

Please contact Council’s central telephone number of 131 872 or by email

Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 February 2020 14:40