On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  – who have been here for more than 65,000 years – to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home.

For all the information about the Australia Day Celebrations, how to organise the event and where to get help can be found at Australia Day Celebration Guidelines.


Nominations for the 2022 Australia Day awards are now closed. The winners will be announced at this year’s Australia Day events.

Each community has the chance to nominate community members and organisations that deserve recognition for their efforts throughout the year. There are four categories in which nominees can gain an award;

  • Community Organisation of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year (under 15 years as at 26/01/2022)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (between 15-25 years at 26/01/2022)
  • Citizen of the Year (over 25 years at 26/01/2022)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years at 26/01/2022)
  • Community Event of the Year

All of your winners are submitted to the Councillors to select the Shire Wide award winners.

Organising an event

Strathbogie Shire Council works in partnership with community groups to organise various Australia Day events each year throughout the Shire. The friendly team in Tourism, Arts and Culture are here to assist your community with all aspects of organising your town events.

For assistance with booking ambassadors, the awards, printing certificates, timelines, run-sheets, funding and/or accommodation, contact Council via 1800 065 993 or email info@strathbogie.vic.gov.au

Event Notification Form

To run Australia Day events, committees must complete an Event Notification Form.  This is a simple form that is completed online. The form lets Council know the basic details of your event and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. To provide easy access to all information in the one spot, the process of submitting the Event Notification, Risk Assessment Plan and Event Review is available on the SmartyGrants portal here.