Australia Day

The Australia Day Awards Program offers Council the opportunity to recognise the valuable achievements of individuals who contribute to the vibrancy of the Charters Towers region.  The Awards recognise the unsung heroes in our community who enrich the lives of others, and do so with no fanfare and very little public recognition.

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Nomination timeframe

Nominations are invited annually from individuals and community organisations from September through to December. 

Nominations

Opening date

Closing date

Australia Day Award Nominations 2018

29 September 2017

1 December 2017

 

Nominations may be submitted online on from 29 September and will close at 4:00pm on Friday, 1 December, 2017.

Program eligibility

Nominees for the Australia Day Awards Program must, at the time of nomination:

  • be an Australian Citizen;
  • reside within the Charters Towers Regional Council region;
  • be nominated by a person or persons other than themselves;
  • not be involved in the administration of the Australia Day Awards Program (including the selection process); and
  • not be a sitting member of State, Federal or Local Government.

Award categories & how to nominate

The Australia Day Awards program offers eight award categories.

Citizen of the Year

Recognises individuals for their outstanding contribution, for their personal endeavours, achievements and service to the community during 2017. 

Young Citizen of the Year (Aged 25 years or under at 26 January 2018)

Recognises young inidividuals for their outstanding contribution, for their personal endeavours, achievements and service to the community during 2017.

Community Event of the Year

Is awarded to an event that has made an outstanding contribution to the community within the Charters Towers Regional Council area during 2017. 

Sportsperson Award of the Year

Recognises individuals for their sporting achievements, their actions which inspire, enrich and encourage others and who have made a significant contribution towards the sporting achievements of the region during 2017. 

Young Sportsperson of the Year (Aged 25 years or under at 26 January 2018)

Recognises young individuals for their sporting achievements, their actions which inspire, enrich and encourage others and who have made a significant contribution towards the sporting achievements of the region during 2017. 

Sports Administrator of the Year

Recognises individuals for their significant contribution to sport and/or the community as a Coach, Official or Administrator during 2017.

Cultural Person of the Year

Recognises people who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the community through actions which encourage, enrich and inspire others during 2017.

Young Cultural Person of the Year (Aged 25 years or under at 26 January 2018)

Recognises young people who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the community through actions which encourage, enrich and inspire others during 2017.

Selection 

Nominated individuals will be assessed by a Selection Panel. 

Nominees will be scored against the following selection criteria:

  • Contribution to the local community;
  • Contribution, Commitment in their field;
  • Community memberships;
  • Inspirational role model for the community; and
  • Demonstrated achievement in their field (Sports, Arts & Culture Awards only). 

The Australia Day Awards Selection Panel is comprised of five (5) assessors. 

The Selection Panel may seek additional information from other sources that are deemed appropriate and relevant to the assessment of the nomination. 

If nominations are either limited or not of a sufficiently high standard, the panel reserves the right not to recommend an award for a particular category. 

Winners announced

How and when will winners be announced?

All nominees will be invited to attend the Charters Towers Regional Council Australia Day Awards Ceremony. 

Winners will be announced at the special awards ceremony held on Australia Day for nominees, their guests and the community.

Successful nominees under each program category will receive an award and a certificate of recognition. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate an individual for more than one category?

The selection panel reserves the right to consider a nominee under an alternate category to that which they were nominated.

However, an individual cannot receive two Australia Day Awards in the same year. 

Can I nominate the same individual for the same category next year?

Yes. However, an individual cannot receive the same award in consecutive years.

They are eligible for awards under alternate categories. 

What are the opening and closing dates of the nominations?

2018 Award Nominations will be open from Friday, 29 September 2017 to 4:00 pm Friday, 1 December 2017.

What information is required to nominate an individual?

You will need to provide the below information to nominate an individual for an Australia Day Award:

  • Nominee contact details; and
  • Supporting information is strongly encouraged. 

Where can I get a nomination form?

Nomination forms are available here and from City Hall.

How will I know I've been successful or unsuccessful?

All nominees will be sent an invitation to attend the Charters Towers Regional Council Australia Day Awards Ceremony where award winners will be announced.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at the Charters Towers Regional Council Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Friday, 26 January 2018.

What do winners receive?

Award winners will each receive an award and certificate of recognition. 

Can I nominate the same individual next year if they are unsuccessful?

Yes. Individuals are eligible to reapply next year if they are unsuccessful this round.

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