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Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards supported by The Leader Newspapers

Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards supported by The Leader Newspapers

Australia Day Awards

The Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards recognise exceptional contribution by those people within our community who work selflessly and tirelessly to enrich the lives of others.

Nominations are now opened for individuals whose outstanding work has made a positive contribution to the Greater Dandenong community in areas such as community service, innovation, education, the environment, the arts, sport and civic participation.


Award categories

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Leadership Award
  • Multicultural Award
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Corporate Citizen of the Year Award


Please refer to the Criteria for Awards section in the nomination form regarding eligibility for each award category.  The nominee must be nominated by someone other than themselves. Applicants must also list an additional referee.

How to Apply

1. Download and read the Australia Day Nomination form 2019 (PDF - 343KB)

2. Please forward completed hard copy form to:
Post:  City of Greater Dandenong PO Box 200, Dandenong, VIC 3175
Fax: 8571 5196

Apply online:

Submit here

For further enquiries, phone the City of Greater Dandenong on 8571 1000.

Nomination forms must be returned by 5pm Friday 2 November 2018


Assessment of award nominations is completed by an independent community panel. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

In the event that no suitable nominations are received in any category, the committee reserves the right to not make an award for that year.

Referees may be contacted for additional information.


Presentation of the Australia Day Awards will be made on Australia Day (26 January) each year. Winners should be present to receive their awards.

Winners will be notified prior to the awards ceremony and will have the opportunity to invite friends and relatives to be present at the ceremony.

Each winner will receive a handcrafted certificate, framed photograph and small gift presented by the Mayor and will be featured in the local press and Council publications. There are also further opportunities for Australia Day Award Winners to have an optional continued role throughout the year by being involved in a number of Council community events.


Leader Community News

2018 Australia Day Award winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 City of Greater Dandenong’s Australia Day Awards. The winners were recognised for their service to our community in a special ceremony at Dandenong Park as part of the Australia Day Festival.

Read about the 2018 Australia Day Award winners

  • Citizen of the Year - Patricia (Trish) Keilty
  • Young Leader of the Year - Aishwarya Pokkuluri
  • Volunteer of the Year - Maria Mastroianni
  • Leadership Award - Sarah Williams
  • Multicultural Award - Manzoor Nazari
  • Sports Person of the Year - Nilesh Vaheesan
  • Corporate Citizen of the Year - Maria Peters
  • Community Hall of Fame Award - Colin Robinson
  • Sports Hall of Fame Award - Christine Ware

Read about the Previous Australia Day Award winners