Australia Day Awards 2018


Kiama Council has launched the Australia Day Awards for 2018, unveiling a series of videos by past winners encouraging people to nominate.

Chair of the Australia Day Committee, Clr. Neil Reilly, said Kiama was well-known for its community spirit but its local heroes often shunned recognition.

“Our local heroes are often a shy lot, so we need friends, family and colleagues to nominate them,” Clr. Reilly said.

“It’s a relatively simple process to nominate someone, which you can do online via Council’s website or by filling in the nomination form.”

Clr. Reilly also unveiled changes to the Australia Day Awards, which have been streamlined to four categories:

  • Australia Day Citizen Award
  • Australia Day Young Citizen Award
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year

“We have decided to present these main awards, moving the arts, sports and environment awards to more appropriate times throughout the year.”

“This will make it easier for people to decide about nominating someone, and increase the focus on the awards specific to Australia Day.”

Clr. Reilly also announced the Australia Day Awards would now be presented on Australia Day.

“We’ve previously held an awards function earlier in January, but having them presented along with our Australia Day citizenship ceremony will make for a really special event.”

Clr. Reilly also announced the 2018 Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony would be held at Jamberoo School of Arts.

“This is really great initiative to move the Australia Day ceremony around each year from Kiama to Jamberoo and the year after that to Gerringong.”

Nominations for the Australia Day Awards 2018 close Friday 20 October.

Further information:

View the Australia Day videos:  Colin and Roni Rathbone and Dave and Tamara  

Nominate someone online

Download a nomination form