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Australia Day Celebrations

Aust Day 2019


Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to
reflect on what it means to be Australian,
to celebrate contemporary Australia
and to acknowledge our history.


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. 

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia's history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation's diverse people. 



Nominations open on the 20th of September 2021 and close on the 1st of Novemeber 2021 for the 2022 Australia Day awards.

Nomination forms can be found here

The winners will be announced at this year's Australia Day events. More information on these events can be found further down the page.



The Strathbogie Shire Council appreciates the collaborative partnership of our community groups in contributing to the organization of the 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. Dependant on restrictions surrounding COVID-19, it may be necessary to move the town events to an online event format which will be informed by further advice from DHHS at the appropriate time.

Whether it is Ambassadors, Awards, printing of the certificates, timelines, running sheets, funds for the event / Ambassador accommodation or how to organise and online Australia Day event if the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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



To run Australia Day events committees must complete an Event Notification Form.  This is a simple form that is completed online and informs Council of the basic details of your event – who, what, where, when – which will 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.




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.



On Tuesday 26 January 2022, events will be held throughout the Shire. We will continue to update the information below.


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