Australia Day Awards

The annual Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Awards ceremony honours and acknowledges individuals and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

All winners are nominated by fellow community members.

Nominations for the 2021 Australia Day Awards will open in late 2020.


Award categories

Citizen of the Year

  • A person who had made a noteworthy contribution during the previous year, and/or given outstanding service to the community over a number of years.

Young Citizen of the Year

  • A person aged under 25 years who has given outstanding service to the community.

Australia Day Medallion

  • A person who has outstanding achievements in any of the nomination categories.

Community Event or Group of the Year

  • An organisation/group who performed a service to the community, raising funds for a charity, event or project. 

Sporting Achievement Award

  • An individual, organisation or group that has successfully conducted a project/event/activity or has brought credit/recognition to the community through sporting achievement.

Environmental Achievement Award

  • An individual, organisation or group that has successfully conducted a project/event/activity or has brought credit/recognition to the community through environmental achievement.

Cultural Achievement Award

  • An individual, organisation or group that has successfully conducted a project/event/activity or has brought credit/recognition to the community through cultural achievement.

Australia Day Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to all the Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Award recipients for 2020!

  • Citizen of the Year - Brett Kersten
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Jessica Hickford 
  • Community Event of the Year - Baw Baw Food Relief
  • Cultural Achievement  Award -Multicultural Friendship Group
  • Sporting Achievement Award - Gippsland Pride Roller Derby
  • Australia Day Medallion recipients - Albert Fox, Steve Vincent, Dawn Harper, Merrin Butler, Jim Crowe, Faye Vandyk, Joe Meggetto

Baw Baw Shire Council would also like to sincerely thank each of the individuals and groups who dedicate their time to organise Australia Day events across the Shire each year.