Australia Day Awards Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the region's annual Australia Day Awards for 2019

These awards provide the community with an opportunity to acknowledge and reward outstanding groups and individuals committed to improving the lifestyle experience in our region.  The award categories that have been chosen give our individual communities equal opportunity to nominate those who have made special contributions to their local community.  If someone has won an Australia Day Award in the last three (3) years, they are not eligible for nomination for that same category.

Nomination Form for Main Categories

Nomination Form for Local Achiever


Award categories are as follows:

  • South Burnett Citizen of the Year

  • South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year

  • South Burnett Community Organisation of the Year

  • South Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award

  • South Burnett Volunteer of the Year

  • South Burnett Junior Cultural Award

  • South Burnett Senior Cultural Award

  • Local Achiever Award (Town & Rural)

  • South Burnett Junior Sportsperson

  • South Burnett Senior Sportsperson

  • South Burnett Sports Administrator/Coach/Official Award

The official awards ceremony will be held on the eve of Australia Day, Friday 25 January 2019 at the Blackbutt Town Hall.

Closing date for nominations is 4:00pm Friday 9 November 2018.

Each year Council helps to organise and fund various Australia Day events across the Region. From the traditional Aussie Breakfast through to the formal Australia Day Awards Ceremony, there are plenty of different events to attend and support in honour of our beautiful country. In the weeks prior to Australia Day you can find a full listing of community events on this website and advertised in the South Burnett Times. If your group hosts a community event & would like to be included in the advertisement, please contact the Mayor's Office.

Formal Awards Ceremony & Nominations

Each year council makes a call for nominations of outstanding persons and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to our communities.  There are many award categories available.  The South Burnett Regional Council Junior Sportsperson Bursary is a $1000 cheque sponsored by Council and is awarded each year to the recipient of the South Burnett Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award. The bursary is given to help young persons’ further their sporting achievements and careers.

Judging of the awards is undertaken by a panel of key community stakeholders from different areas across the South Burnett to ensure reasonably impartial decisions. Nominations are judged by merit, not popular vote, therefore only one nomination per individual/group is necessary.  It has become customary to perform the formal awards ceremony on the eve of Australia Day, leaving everyone free to enjoy their local community event on Australia Day itself.