Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Category Criteria
  • Last updated:
  • 15 Sep 2017

When making a submission please refer to the entry rules

The awards will be presented in the following categories: 

Citizen of the Year

Sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast

Outstanding contribution or achievement by an individual aged between 26 – 65 years on 26 January 2018. The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and in the community.

Assessment criteria - demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • personal, academic or professional achievements 
  • contribution in the relevant field 
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity 
  • personal interests and community involvement 
  • contribution to the development of the Sunshine Coast community and/or economy 
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work.

Nominate online.

Young Citizen of the Year

Sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast 

Outstanding achievement by an individual aged 25 years or younger on 26 January 2018. The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and/or in the community.

Assessment criteria - demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • personal, academic or professional achievements 
  • contribution in the relevant field 
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity 
  • personal interests and community involvement 
  • contribution to the development of the Sunshine Coast community and/or economy 
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work.

Nominate online.

Senior Citizen of the Year

Sponsored by Maroochy RSL

Outstanding contribution or achievement by an individual aged 65 years or over on 26 January 2018. The winner will be an inspirational role model and display continued excellence in their field and/or in the community.

Assessment criteria - demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • personal, academic or professional achievements 
  • contribution in the relevant field 
  • demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity 
  • personal interests and community involvement 
  • contribution to the development of the Sunshine Coast community and/or economy 
  • contributions being completed on a voluntary basis or exceeding the normal requirements of the nominee’s paid work.

Nominate online.

Community Group or Organisation

Sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily

Outstanding achievement by a group or organisation that has shown significant contribution toward developing a more socially cohesive community within the region. 

Assessment criteria - demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • multicultural and/or Indigenous engagement, volunteering, skills development, innovation and knowledge sharing; while maintaining social interaction through families, neighbourhoods or organisations 
  • displayed exceptional leadership and participation within the community 
  • building community partnerships and fostering resource sharing 
  • planning for success including career development for the region’s community services sector 
  • activities which result in the short and long term benefits for the community as well as promoting welfare and wellbeing.

Nominate online.

Sports and Recreation

Sponsored by Sunshine Coas Sports Federation 

Outstanding achievement by an individual or group that has made a significant contribution towards the sporting or recreational achievements of the region.

Assessment criteria - Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • good practice in sport, being a positive role model in sport and recreation pursuits, innovative and inclusive programs or coaching of others 
  • facilitating or encouraging membership and participation 
  • contributing to the outstanding management or administration of sport or recreation activities 
  • participating in official sporting or recreational duties in a voluntary capacity  
  • promoting participation and the benefits of sport or recreation.

Nominate online.

Creative 

Sponsored by TAFE Queensland East Coast

Outstanding achievement by an individual, group or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the cultural and creative life of the region. This may include fields such as visual arts and crafts, performing arts, events, literature, food, fashion and design, broadcasting and the media.

Assessment criteria - Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • building on our local character and strength 
  • encouraging entrepreneurship in creative industries 
  • planning for success including new initiatives and career development for the region’s creative communities 
  • linking creativity to reducing our ‘environmental footprint’ e.g. recycling through art.

Nominate online.

Environment and Sustainability

Sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast

Outstanding achievement by an individual, group or partnership that has achieved outstanding Environment and Sustainability outcomes for the Sunshine Coast community.

Assessment criteria - Demonstrated achievement in one or more of the following: 

  • Sustainability Innovation - Recognises the outcomes of innovative principles and actions associated with developing sustainable communities
  • Environmental Protection and Enhancement - Recognises outcomes that aid in protection of the natural environment focusing on the conservation and rehabilitation of native flora and fauna
  • Culture and Landscape - Recognises outcomes which proudly preserve and value cultural history and the Sunshine Coast's natural character and amenity
  • Youth Engagement - Recognises positive environmental programs/events which encourage and promote youth initiatives and environmental education and/or achievement. 
  • Community Action & Partnerships - Recognises highly collaborative outcomes that have resulted in increasing neighbourhood enrichment, including; community beautification, health and wellbeing, community pride, social connectivity and improved environmental and economic outcomes.
  • Energy Innovation - Recognises sustainable energy management which focuses on innovative energy efficiency measures, the adoption of renewable technologies and clean energy generation.
  • Resource Recovery & Waste Management - Recognises achievement in resource recovery and waste management including initiatives which conserve resources, recover and reuse materials, create new product/markets, and assist in litter prevention.
  • Water Conservation and Quality - Recognises outcomes that achieve sustainable water management through innovative water conservation, water re-use initiatives and practices that improve water quality

Nominate online.