For Councils

Please contact Auspire at to register your interest in the program  – The Citizen of the Year Awards Program is only available as a benefit of becoming a Gold Member of Auspire – The Australia Day Council WA.

Registered participating councils receive access to a marketing toolkit to promote the program within your community, your logo on this website, a set of gold medallions to engrave, a set of gold foiled personalised certificates and this fully-automated nominations website to capture the information about all your community heroes.

The program is being promoted across the state to create awareness and drive nominations via our media partners Channel 7, The West Australian & Sunday Times, Community Newspaper Group and 6PR.


The Community Citizen of the Year Awards program has been delivered in partnership with Local Government organisations since 2003.  The program has evolved into one of the key activities and draw-cards for Local Governments to acknowledge people within their community for outstanding engagement and enhancement of community wellbeing.

The Patron of Auspire is His Excellency, the Governor of Western Australia who is a signatory of the program certificates – a huge honour and very special acknowledgement for those community members who are nominated and recognised by their local council in each of the categories.

Your community champions can be recognised in four categories:

  • Community Citizen of the Year
  • Young Community Citizen of the Year (under 25yrs)
  • Senior Community Citizen of the Year (over 65 years)
  • Active Citizenship – Group or Event

Each recipient will receive a gold foiled certificate, signed by the Governor of WA, together with a ‘Community Citizen of the Year’ medal.  You will receive these in plenty of time to personalise them by engraving recipients’ names, and your council, on the reverse if you wish to do so.  You will receive one medal for each category and additional medals can be purchased, at a small cost, where required (i.e if your Group/Event recipients require more than one medal).

Online nominations process for Councils

Auspire has introduced significantly improved elements to the Community Citizen of the Year Awards program including this dedicated website to help capture and administer all those nominations of great people participating and contributing in their local communities.

The process is simple:

Step 1 – Register for the awards program. Make sure you provide us with contact details for your awards program coordinator so that we can keep them informed with every stage of the process.

Step 2 – Once you are registered, send us your logo to feature on this website.

Step 3 – When a nomination is submitted for your council your coordinator will receive an automated notification and be able to download the nomination to circulate electronically with your selection committee.  If your council has not registered to participate we will advise the nominator accordingly.

Marketing campaign to call for nominations

When you register please send us your Council logo (a good quality jpeg please) and we’ll include it on the Citizen of the Year website.

We’re also delighted to confirm that Channel 7 Perth, 6PR, The West Australian and the Community Newspaper Group have engaged as our media partners for this program.  You’ll see advertisements on TV, hear them on radio and see them in your community newspapers driving people to the website to nominate. We’ll also run Google and Facebook campaigns as additional promotion.

You’ll also be able to promote your council’s involvement at a local level. Once registered, you’ll receive access to call for nominations banners and other artwork to use on your website, social media platforms, electronic newsletters and emails.  There is no need for a costly mail out process like in previous years – though printed nomination forms will be available to download and print from the website if required.

Call for nominations is underway – what happens next?

Your nominated contact person will automatically receive your council’s nominations by email as they are submitted.  You’re then able to consider your nominees after the 31 October closing date and make your selections.

You’ve made your selections – what now?

Provide us with your selected recipients in each category by Friday, 7 December 2019.  Please triple-check the spelling of their names or their preferred name and provide them to us by email at We can then produce the certificates and mail them to you together with your medals.

Also, let us know why they were chosen with a few key points of how your community has benefited from their contribution.  We’d also appreciate a few good quality photographs of your presentation ceremony so that we can share the stories and help recognise your community champions in our publicity campaign during and post your event.  We’ll provide their stories and photos to our media partners and to our Awards Patron – the Governor of Western Australia.

Key Dates

  • 1 July – 1 September: Sign up / register your intention to participate
  • 1 September: Nominations Open
  • 31 October: Nominations Close
  • 1 November – 5 December: Shortlisting and Selections (by Councils)
  • 7 December : Final date to advise Auspire of your winners
  • 16 January: Councils will receive printed certificates & medals
  • 26 January: Presentation of awards at your local events
    (let us know if you will be presenting on an alternative date so that we can inform our media partners not to publish recipients’ names beforehand).

What will it cost?

  • As an Auspire – The Australia Day Council WA Gold Member – no additional charge
    (presentation of the awards is now a major Gold member’s benefit and the only way to participate in the program)

Who to contact to register your participation.

Contact and we can email you a registration form or call 0499 111 944 during office hours.

Media Partners

Proudly supported by Councils across Western Australia