Do you know someone who makes your community a better place?

The Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and administered by local Councils. The Awards acknowledge the unsung heroes of our community who through their contributions make our state a better place. These individuals and organisations offer outstanding service each day and enable our communities to be stronger as a result of their tireless efforts.

Outstanding contribution and community service includes areas such as; education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other area that contributes to the advancement and well-being of a community.


Citizen of the Year

This is presented to someone making an extraordinary contribution to the community and may recognise outstanding service over a number of years.

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen.

Young Citizen of the Year

This is presented to a young emerging leader who is making a real difference in their community..

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen aged over 16 years and under 30 years of age on January 26, 2025.

Community Event of the Year

This is presented to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding event for their community.

To be eligible, the person or group must be Australian Citizens.

Award for Active Citizenship

This is presented to a person or group delivering outstanding work on an event or project for the community during the past calendar year.

The person or group need not be Australian Citizens.


Each local Council in South Australia seek nominations in their local Council area, with the award recipients typically announced at the Council’s Australia Day celebrations. Nominate someone who makes a real difference in your community and give them the opportunity to be rewarded and recognised for their important contribution. Councils can forward the details of their Award recipients to the Australia Day Council of South Australia to go in the running for the 2025 State Awards, presented by the Governor of South Australia.

Nominations can be submitted all year round.

Nominations for the 2025 Citizen of the Year close on 15 November 2024.


Proudly supported by Councils across SA