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AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD GUIDELINES AND NOMINATION FORMS 2017

Australia Day nominations are being called from the community for the below mentioned categories. Nomination Forms and Guidelines are available at the Council Office, 34 Gray Street, Hughenden; via Community Development Officer, cdo@flinders.qld.gov.au or below.  

Conditions of Entry 

  • Applications are to be submitted in a sealed envelope addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and marked “Australia Day Awards 2017” and placed in the Tender Box at the Council Office, 34 Gray Street, Hughenden prior to the closing time of 12pm on Friday, 2 December 2016. Nominations will not be accepted via any other means.  
  • Nominations will be assessed by an Australia Day Awards Panel which comprises of representatives from the broader community.  The decision of the Australia Day Awards Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into in regards to their decision.  
  • Previous Citizen of the Year (Senior and Junior) winners cannot be re-nominated for the same award; however, a repeat award may be made in exceptional circumstances.  In this case particular consideration will be given to work / volunteerism undertaken since the last time the person was awarded – the award should not be given twice in recognition of the same work.
  • Individuals and groups who have won a Sports or Community Event Award cannot be nominated for two consecutive years in a row, however, can be nominated in the third year.
  • All accepted nominees are advised by letter of their nomination and invited to the Australia Day Ceremony.  All accepted nominees are recognised at the Ceremony  
  • Award Winners are kept confidential until the official announcement at the Australia Day ceremony.   
  • Awards will be presented at the “Aussie Breakfast” held on Australia Day –Thursday, 26 January 2017 at the Diggers Entertainment Centre.

Award Categories - More information on each category can be found on the relevant Nomination Form

•    Community Event of the Year Award
To be presented to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the year.  The event must be based within the Flinders Shire, run by a committee and open to all residents within the Flinders Shire.  

•    Senior Citizen of the Year Award
This award is presented to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.  To be eligible, the person must be 27 years or older as at 31 December 2016.    

•    Junior Citizen of the Year Award
This award is presented to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years. To be eligible, the person must be under the age of 27 as at 31 December 2016.  

•    Senior Sports Achievement Award 
Achievement must be relevant to the year of nomination and show significant levels of sporting achievement at local, regional, state, national and international sporting events.  Nominees who have only achieved highly at local levels are encouraged to nominate.  To be eligible, the person must be 18 years and older as at 31 December 2016. 

•    Junior Sports Achievement Awards 
Achievement must be relevant to the year of nomination and show significant levels of sporting achievement at local, regional, state, national and/or international sporting events.  To be eligible, the person must be under 18 years of age as at 31 December 2016.  

•    Service to Sports Senior Award
The nominee must have made a significantly high contribution to sport as a coach, official, volunteer, administrator or been a leader or held a leadership role in sport.  To be eligible, the person must be 18 years and older as at 31 December 2016. 

•    Service to Sports Junior Award 
The nominee must have made a significantly high contribution to sport as a coach, official, volunteer, administrator or been a leader or held a leadership role in sport. To be eligible, the person must be under 18 years of age as at 31 December 2016.

How to complete your nomination 

When you fill out the nomination form, there are a few things you should consider to ensure your nomination provides us with enough information about the achievements of the person you are nominating. Here are some hints to help you get started:

•    Fill out as much of the form as possible. Even if you do not know the person you are nominating well, try to provide as much detail as you can.  Each section is scored out of a set number of points. 
•    Include any supporting documentation with your nomination. This can include personal references, portfolios, resumes, newspaper articles, etc.
•    Please do not nominate the same person more than once for the same award. Recipients are selected based on selection criteria, rather than the number of times they are nominated.

Other information to consider when completing your application 
•    In what area and/or roles has the person excelled?  How does the person stand out from the pack?  How have their achievement / service been greater than what might be normally expected of a person their age and in their field.  Focus on both the quality and quantity of their achievement / service.
•    How much of their work has been voluntary, focused on helping others or making their local community a better place?  Has the person overcome particular challenges or adversities to make their achievement?  How difficult has their achievement been?  How has the nominee shown achievement / service outside of their particular specialty? For example, personal interests and involvement in the wider community.  
•    How does the person nominated make you proud to be Australian?  Is your view shared by others in your community?  If so, who?

Graham King
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER