Australia Day Awards

Australia Award nominees pictured on the steps of the Coffs Harbour City Council building holding Australian flags

The Coffs Harbour Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the contribution that individuals, community groups and organisations make in our region.

Everyday people are encouraged to apply - you don't have to be famous! We're looking for the unsung heroes.

If you know of a person or community group who make a difference to life in the Coffs Harbour region, don't miss the opportunity to nominate them for the Coffs Harbour Australia Day Awards.

To nominate:

1. Review the categories and their criteria

Citizen of the Year Award

Outstanding contribution or achievement by an individual aged between 26 and 65 years on 26 January 2022.

Nomination criteria

The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and in the community. 

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • personal, academic or professional achievements
  • contribution in the relevant field
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • personal interests and community involvement
  • contribution to the development of the Coffs Coast community and/or economy
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work. 

Senior Citizen of the Year Award

Outstanding contribution or achievement by an individual aged over 65 years on 26 January 2022.

Nomination criteria

The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and in the community.

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • personal, academic or professional achievements
  • contribution in the relevant field
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • personal interests and community involvement
  • contribution to the development of the Coffs Harbour community and/or economy
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work

 

Young Citizen of the Year Award

Outstanding achievement by an individual aged 25 years or younger on 26 January 2022.

Nomination criteria

The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and in the community. 

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • personal, academic or professional achievements
  • contribution in the relevant field
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • personal interests and community involvement
  • contribution to the development of the Coffs Harbour community and/or economy
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work. 

Arts and Cultural Award

This award is for outstanding achievement by an individual or group or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the artistic and creative life of the region.

This may include fields such as visual arts, literature, theatre and performing arts, screen, music, arts events and festivals.

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement that supports increased level of engagement and participation in the arts or cultural life of the Coffs Harbour community, including:

  • growing local participation in the arts
  • building the capacity of local artists
  • providing arts programming and opportunities that engage with diverse segments of the community
  • increasing awareness of the value of the arts within the community 

Sport and Recreation Award

This award is for sporting or recreational achievements.

Nomination criteria

Outstanding achievement by an individual or group that has made a significant contribution towards the sporting or recreational achievements of the region.

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • good practice in sport, being a positive role model in sport and recreation pursuits, innovative and inclusive programs or coaching of others
  • for encouraging membership and participation
  • contributing to the outstanding management or administration of sport or recreation activities
  • participating in official sporting or recreational duties in a voluntary capacity
  • promoting participation and the benefits 

Aussie Spirit / Small Business Award

This award is given to a small business (employing 20 people or less) in Coffs Harbour Local Government area that has made a significant contribution to the local economy and community.

Nomination criteria

The winner will be an inspirational business and display continued excellence in their field and in the community.

Assessment criteria

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • contribution in the relevant field
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • personal interests and community involvement
  • contribution to the development of the Coffs Coast community and/or economy
  • A local employment initiative

 

2. Fill in and submit the nomination form

Nominating is easy. You only need to provide 300-1500 words about your nominee and how they meet the category criteria, include their contact details and provide any supporting material. This could include photographs, media articles or referee names with contact details. 

Submit the Australia Day Awards Online Nomination Form

Or pick up a hard copy form from our Customer Service Centre