Ipswich, it is time to show thanks to our local heroes and those inspiring individuals that better our community.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond? Perhaps you’ve been to an event that has greatly benefited our City? Let’s show our recognition and appreciation with the honour of an Australia Day Award.

How to nominate

Submit your nomination in 3 easy steps from 16 September. It takes less than 30 minutes:

  1. Simply scroll to the “Awards Categories” section below
  2. Review the nomination criteria, then click the link under your selected category
  3. Enter required details and add supporting documents

For further information use the Australia Day Nomination Guide (PDF, 65.5 KB).

Key dates

Please note the following key dates for the 2021 awards:

ActionsDates
Nominations open16 September 2020
Nominations close8 November 2020
Reference checks9 November 2020 – 13 November 2020
Judging16 November 2020 – 5 December 2020
Finalists announced and contactedFrom 7 December 2020
2021 Ipswich Australia Day Awards Ceremony20 January 2021

Judging process

Those nominees that meet the eligibility criteria will be passed onto a judging panel, external to Ipswich City Council, to determine the finalists and winners in each category.  The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  The judges reserve the right to not allocate an award in any of the award categories if, in their opinions, the nominations are of insufficient merit.

Awards ceremony

Finalists and their nominators in each category will be notified at least three weeks prior to the awards ceremony.  Finalists will be invited along to the official awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 20th January 2021, where winners will be announced. A winners list will also be publically released after the ceremony.

Nomination conditions

  • Nominations can only be submitted online via the official nomination form
  • Nominations provided in hard copy or by way of email, USB or cloud storage will not be accepted
  • Supporting documentation will only be accepted via the online upload function within the online nomination forms
  • The nomination must address eligibility, category and judging criteria relating to the nominee in order to be a valid nomination.  Ipswich City Council reserves the right to decline nominations if they do not meet the criteria for the specific category being applied for or if nominations are incomplete or if information is incorrect
  • You may be contacted after submitting a nomination and asked to provide further details including photographs, videos, newspaper clippings or reference letters

Award categories and nomination links

Eligibility criteria

Ipswich City Council will confirm 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 2020 with the exception of Spirit of Ipswich Award
  • 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 2020, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Ipswich community
  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Council reserves the right to pre-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
  • Nominations must be received by midnight on Sunday 8 November.  Late nominations will not be considered. No responsibility will be taken for nominations that are not received by the closing date

Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be Ipswich residents aged 26 years or older as at 26 January 2020.

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 City of Ipswich community and/or economy
  • Contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work

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Senior Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be Ipswich residents aged 60 years or older as at 26 January 2020.

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 City of Ipswich community and/or economy
  • Contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work

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Young Citizen of the Year

Nominees must be Ipswich residents under 26 years of age as at 26 January 2020.

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 City of Ipswich community and/or economy
  • Contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work

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Cultural Award

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

Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following:

  • Growing local participation in arts and cultural activities
  • Building the capacity of local artists and cultural groups
  • Providing arts and cultural programming and opportunities that engage with diverse segments of the community
  • Increasing awareness of the value of the arts and culture within the community

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Sport and Recreation Award

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

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
  • Encouragement of membership and participation
  • Contribution to the outstanding management or administration of sport or recreation activities
  • Participation in official sporting or recreational duties in a voluntary capacity Promotion of participation and the benefits

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Community Event of the Year

Nominations are open to events (including virtual events) that have taken place in the Ipswich local government area in 2020.

Demonstrated achievement in two or more of the following:

  • Demonstrated high level of community engagement through participation, volunteering and attendance
  • Contribution to measurable social, cultural and/or community outcomes
  • Strengthened social cohesion within culturally diverse communities
  • Demonstrated economic impact for local businesses, community groups and not-for-profit organisations

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Spirit of Ipswich Award

Open to anyone who resides outside the City of Ipswich but contributes greatly to the local Ipswich community i.e. through volunteering etc.

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 City of Ipswich community and/or economy
  • Contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work

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Consent

Information (including photos) provided as part of the nomination process will be used for the purpose of conducting the Awards Ceremony and promoting the City of Ipswich services to the community.  The photo and name use can include, but is not limited to, social media, website, Council publications and newspapers.  Please ensure to use images and details of the nominees have been gained.

By submitting all documentation and photos you are acknowledging that Ipswich City Council may use them in the public domain.

Ipswich City Council, and its contractors or agents, may take photographs, sound recordings and video recordings at this event (“the Media”). The Media may include images or recordings of you (“Personal Information”).

Council may use and manage the Personal Information for marketing, promotional purposes, and as detailed in Council’s Privacy Statement & Personal Information Digest (these documents are available on Council’s website at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/privacy). The marketing and promotional purposes may include making the Personal Information publicly available on websites, social media and in printed material.

Those appearing in the Media will not receive any fee or benefit for this use of the Media.
If you do not agree to the collection of your Personal Information in this way, please notify the event organiser.

Should have any further questions regarding this event please call 3810 6666.