Acknowledging Our City's Unsung Heroes

Do you have an inspiring role model, or know someone who goes above and beyond to better our community? Perhaps you’ve been to an event that has greatly benefited our city? If so, tell us about them and they could be recognised with an Ipswich Australia Day Award.

Nominations are encouraged from all areas, including charitable community service, education, environment, arts, entertainment, science, technology and business.


Nominations for the 2020 Ipswich Australia Day Awards have now closed.

Finalists and their nominators will be invited to the Ipswich Australia Day Awards ceremony in January 2020, where the winners will be announced.

Award Categories

Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be 26 years or older as at 26 January 2019

Senior Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be 60 years or older as at 26 January 2019

Young Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be under 26 years of age as at 26 January 2019

Cultural Award of the Year

Open to performers, musicians, actors, directors, etc., as well as those who have worked to develop cultural activities and projects within the Ipswich community

Sports Award of the Year

Open to sporting coaches, administrators, officials and athletes of all ages within the Ipswich community

Event of the Year

Event must have taken place in the Ipswich local government area in 2019

Spirit of Ipswich Award

Open to non-Ipswich residents who still contribute to the City of Ipswich

Eligibility Criteria

Ipswich City Council will allocate nominations across all award categories based on the eligibility of each nominee. If no eligible nominations are received, Ipswich City Council reserves the right to remove any award category as required. All nominees must satisfy the below criteria:

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens
  • Nominees must have resided within the Ipswich local government area during 2019
  • Nominees should satisfy any other criteria specific to each category (listed under each category above)
  • Nominators must be over the age of 18 years
  • Regard will be given to the nominee’s achievements in 2019, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Ipswich community
  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Council reserves the right to select finalists in categories where a high volume of nominations have been received
  • Submitting multiple nominations for the same individual/event will not influence the nominee's chances of being selected as a finalist and/or winner.

View All Ipswich Australia Day Award Winners