About the Griffith Australia Day Awards

The 2021 Griffith Australia Day Awards are fast approaching, so remember to nominate any individuals or groups that you believe should be recognised.

About the Awards

The Griffith Australia Day Awards recognise the unsung heroes in our community who make an extraordinary contribution through their voluntary work to the Southside community. To be eligible, nominees must carry out voluntary activities in the Griffith electorate. You can find out about past recipients here.

Criteria and categories

The following criteria will be used to determine GADA recipients:

  • Community influence: the nominee has shown initiative, has made achievements, and has inspired others.
  • Dedication: the nominee has shown dedication through their commitment to and/or length of service, through the routines they have adopted, and through their reliability.

The award categories are as follows:

  • Community, educational, or cultural: the nominee has contributed to community spirit, education, or cultural endeavours through their volunteering.
  • Sports and recreation: the nominee has done their voluntary work through a sports or recreation club, or otherwise contributing to recreational activities in the community.
  • Arts: the nominee has contributed to, or worked within, the arts as a volunteer.
  • Young contributors: the nominee is an outstanding young person under the age of 25 who has gone above and beyond in contributing to their community as a volunteer.
  • Small business: the nominee is part of a small business with an annual turnover of under $5 million per year which assists community groups in their fundraising efforts through donations or other similar support.


Nominations for the 2022 Awards are not yet open.

The announcement and the ceremony

The Awards are intended to be inclusive. The Griffith Australia Day Awards ceremony is an important event on the local calendar. In recent years, though the awards have continued to be announced on Australia Day, the awards ceremony has been held later in the year. 

The date for the 2021 ceremony has not yet been set. The arrangements for the ceremony will depend on covid restrictions.