Australia Day Awards

Nominate an unsung hero today!

Everyone deserves their winning moment, especially the unsung local heroes in arts, education, sports, community work and business.

This is your opportunity to nominate a friend, colleague or relative - someone who deserves recognition for their achievements and contributions to the Cairns community. This could be through their personal involvement in local clubs, sporting groups, volunteering, charity work, business, cultural or youth groups, or those who take on an advocating role to speak up for their community.

Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards are now open until 5pm on 8 December 2017. Nominate using the online form below or download the printable form ( PDF, 0.63 MB ).

Winners will be announced at Council's Australia Day Award celebrations on 25 January 2018.

2018 nominations are now closed

Thank you to all who nominated a friend, colleague or relative - someone who deserves recognition for their achievements and contributions to the Cairns community.

The 2018 winners will be announced at Council's Australia Day Award celebrations on 25 January 2018.

See the complete list of nominees.

Award categories

There are several award categories. Junior awards, including the Young Citizen of the Year, are open to residents aged 21 and under as at 31 December 2017.

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Cultural Award
  • Junior Cultural Award
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year (open)

See the previous winners of the Citizen of the Year Award.

About the Awards

Council's Australia Day Awards are endorsed by the Federal and Queensland Governments in line with the national Australia Day Awards. 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. Introduced in 1996, the Awards have gained more esteem and recognition each year.

Nominees must be residents of the Cairns Regional Council area who, through their personal efforts, have made a significant contribution to the community. Contributions must be of an outstanding nature and of direct benefit to the local community.

Nomination form

  • Please note fields marked * are compulsory, other fields are optional.
  • Nominations that are not completed in full or do not provide sufficient information may not be accepted.

Council is collecting your personal information for processing your nomination for the 2018 Australia Day Awards. The collection of this information is authorised under the Local Government Act 2009. See Council's Information Privacy statement.

Your details (Nominator)


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Details of the Nominee


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Nominee's age as at 31 December 2017:

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About the nominee


What contributions / achievements has this person made in their field of interest (min 100 words - max 500 words)?

The nominee's past and present memberships of community, sporting and/or professional bodies (max 500 words).

Summarise in 100 words or less why your nominee should win this award (max 100 words).  Please keep in mind that this information may be used in the award ceremony booklet.

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Last updated: 03 November 2017