Awards & Ceremonies

Kingborough Awards

The Kingborough Awards nomination process is now open for 2021.

The Kingborough Awards ceremony is celebrated on or after the 6 January each year.

This date was selected in celebration of the anniversary of the first Kingborough Council meeting, which was held on 6 January 1908.

There are three categories for nominations:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (for people under the age of 27 on 6 January of the current year)
  • Community Group of the Year

If you think someone deserves recognition for their hard work in the community or there is a group that benefits Kingborough community, please consider nominating them. You can complete the nomination form online via the link below or download the form to complete offline to email or post to us.

Make sure you read the guidelines and selection criteria on this page before you complete your nomination.

Nominations will close at midnight on Monday 12 October. The Kingborough Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 9 January at the Kingborough Community Hub.

Contact Council’s Community Development Officer on 6211 8170 for more information.


How to complete the form

Nominations may be submitted by groups (eg committees, associations etc.), or individuals.

When filling out the nomination form it is important to provide specific examples of how the nominee’s contribution(s) has been outstanding.

Nominations must give clear, adequate and precise details of the person’s/group’s involvements.  Please state roles performed by the nominee, outline how their leadership benefited the community and indicate the degree of involvement and examples of their commitment.

The nature of the award places emphasis on what the person/group has done for the community in their various fields of voluntary involvement, rather than recognising achievements as part of normal duties in their paid occupation.

The degree and value of the contribution, as well as the length of service, are the primary criteria.

General Conditions of Entry

  • Nominees must be a resident of Kingborough at the time of nomination.
  • All nominations must be signed by a nominator in the space provided.
  • Citizen of the Year must be 27 years or older as at 6 January 2021.
  • Young Citizen of the Year must be aged no older than 27 years as at 6 January 2021.
  • All nominations are strictly confidential and the information provided will be used only to assist the Kingborough Council in considering the merits of the nomination.
  • Previous recipients of the major awards are not eligible to be nominated for the same award again. However, they may be nominated for a different award.
  • Nominees who have previously received a Certificate of Appreciation are eligible to be nominated for the main awards in subsequent years.
  • Groups nominated for the Community Group of the Year award should be a group based in Kingborough.
  • Self-nomination by individuals or groups will not be accepted.
  • Late nominations will not be accepted.


Nominees must:

  • have made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Kingborough community (social, environmental, business and/or arts and cultural through leadership and/or personal service),
  • display a commitment to community service over a considerable or continuous period of time,
  • possess positive and inspiring personal attributes showing qualities such as versatility, flexibility, perseverance in their service to the community, and
  • have demonstrated personal effort and initiative that has made a significant difference to the quality of life of the community.


Groups must have:

  • made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of the Kingborough community (social, environmental, business, arts and/or cultural),
  • displayed a commitment to community involvement,
  • promoted positive activities/qualities for the community,
  • produced quality outcomes that have made a significant difference to the quality of life of the Kingborough community.

Final Checklist

Before submitting your nomination, please make sure you have completed the following:

  • Addressed the selection criteria
  • Completed all sections of the nomination form
  • Signed the application
  • Attached supporting documentation

Citizenship ceremonies

Applying to become an Australian citizen

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs is responsible for Australian citizenship.

To apply to become an Australian citizen please contact the Department on 131 880.

Kingborough Citizenship Ceremonies

Kingborough Council hosts Citizenship Ceremonies approximately every three months (see dates below). 

The Citizenship Ceremony is the final phase of being granted Australian citizenship.  When you are approved to receive your Australian citizenship, you will receive a letter from the Department of Home Affairs. Council will then advise you as to when you will attend a ceremony by sending you a letter approximately 2 – 3 weeks prior to the ceremony.  As we have an increasing number of conferees attaining their citizenship, we cannot guarantee that you will attend the very next ceremony.

What happens at a Citizenship Ceremony?

At the Citizenship Ceremony you are required to pledge your allegiance to Australia and its laws. The pledge you say will be the one you chose on your application form.

You are then presented with a Certificate of Australian Citizenship, which formally represents conferral of Australian citizenship.

Who attends Citizenship Ceremonies

The Mayor of Kingborough presides over Citizenship Ceremonies and politicians both Federal and State members are also invited.

You are welcome to bring two guests to the ceremony to share this special occasion.

What to bring to a Citizenship Ceremony

You need to bring photo identification, for example a passport or driver’s licence.

Time and location of Citizenship Ceremonies

Details of the ceremony will be provided to you in a letter from Council approximately 2 – 3 weeks prior to the ceremony date.

Upcoming Citizenship Ceremony Dates

No ceremonies are scheduled at this time.