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Australia Day

1Australia Day Awards


Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards are now open for:

     Citizen of the Year

     Young Citizen of the Year (nominees younger than 27 years of age on 26 January 2018)

     Community Event of the Year


Nominations close Friday 24 November 2017.


Nomination Form 2018 



Australia Day awards are presented annually to local citizens and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the East Gippsland community.


The awards are provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) and administered by Council. There are also local Australia Day awards, administered by community groups, presented in towns throughout East Gippsland.


The strongest nominations will highlight how nominees have made a significant contribution, to their town or East Gippsland as a whole, in the current year or over a number of years; have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills or are a role model; and excel in an area such as arts and culture, sport and recreation, community service, business or the environment. Strong event nominations will highlight how the event benefits the community.


Further information - Civic Events Officer on 03 5153 9500 or by email.


For a list of previous Australia Day Award recipients click here.



Australia Day Events

There are a number of Australia Day events held across East Gippsland each year. These events are held by local community organisations and are supported by Council.


The shire-wide event which incorporates a citizenship ceremony and award presentation will be held at East Gippsland Shire Offices, Corporate Centre, 273 Main Street Bairnsdale on Tuesday 23 January 2018.


If you would like to hold an event on Australia Day please contact Council.


Australia Day Grants

Grants are available to a range of groups and organisations throughout the Shire to assist the community in enjoying Australia Day celebrations.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available per organisation and be made online via smarty grants program. To apply click here.


Further information - Events Department on 03 5153 9500 or by email.

26ers Club

The 26ers Club, run by the Australia Day Committee Victoria, is open to all Australians born on January 26. Membership is free and includes a lapel pin, a birthday card every year and the opportunity to join in the cake cutting at the official Australia Day ceremony. Register by completing the form.



Useful Links

National Australia Day website

Victorian Australia Day website







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