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Australia Day in Griffith

Australia Day Awards now open

It’s time to recognise our community's stalwarts, local heroes, volunteers, young people, sporting achievement and events held throughout the year.

Nominations for Griffith’s 2019 Australia Day Awards are now closed.  The categories for this year are: 

  • Environmental Citizen of the Year (new category)
  • Community Project of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (Nominee must be between the ages of 17 and 24 years. Nominees must be under 25 years as at 26 January 2020)
  • Junior Citizen (Nominees must be under 17 years as at 26 January 2020)
  • Sportsperson
  • Young Sportsperson
  • Club Person
  • Sports Team

Nominations will be announced on 23 December 2019 

Nominees must be Australian citizens and winners will be announced during Griffith’s Australia Day celebrations on January 26, 2020.

Past nominees are eligible for re-nomination providing they did not win the category for which they were originally nominated.

Nominations close on Friday, December 6 2019, 4pm.

For further information about Griffith’s Australia Day Awards, please contact Tanya Aramini on 0488 064 120.


Australia Day Awards Winners for 2018 (awarded January 2019):

Citizen of the Year   Community Project of the Year Sportsperson of the Year
Dr Peter Calaizis Griffith Cenotaph Letica Franchi
Junior Sportsperson of the Year Sports Team of the Year Sports Council Award Overall Sportsperson of the Year
Jordan Jasnos Wade High School Under 15's Relay Team Sharyn Millis
Club Person of the Year Local Hero (Mayors Award)  
Roy Binks Roy Catanzariti  

For information about Griffith’s Australia Day Awards, please contact Tanya Aramini on 0488 064 120

If you would like to view the historic Australia Day Winners, please click here

Griffith Australia Day Working Group

Upcoming events

Griffith will celebrate Australia 2020 on January 26. 

Nominations for the annual Australia Day Awards will open November 2019. Please check back for details. 

Useful Links

Australia Day Council
Australia Day Council of NSW
Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Interesting Stats

  • 374 Australia Day Ambassadors attend 306 events (We were informed that all Ambassadors who have come to Griffith have asked to return because they enjoyed their experience in our city)
  • 800 registered events each year to celebrate Australia Day
  • 13.4 million people participate in an Australia Day event either at home, with family and/or friends
  • 55% of 13.4 million attend an Australia Day event
  • Majority of those are young people 15-40 years, especially families and new arrivals
  • 4 out of 5 people see Australia Day as more than a day off work adding it is a lucky place with opportunities, togetherness and freedom
  • 1600 people become new citizens on Australia Day and
  • More people volunteer in Australia than anywhere else in the world