The Griffith Australia Day 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.


Nominations for the 2022 Awards are now open! Nominate someone using the form at the bottom of this page. Nominations close on Sunday 24 October 2021.

Criteria and categories

The following criteria will be used to determine 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.

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. 

Nominate your unsung hero here

Your nominee might be a grants writer at a kindy, a volunteer footy coach, a local history group coordinator, the person who always runs the BBQ at fundraisers, or someone who turns up every week to help out with your craft group, community farm, or home brew club. Maybe they can be relied on to distribute emergency relief to people under pressure, or maybe they run your local neighbourhood watch.

The Griffith Australia Day Awards recognise these unsung heroes. To be eligible, nominees must carry out voluntary activities in the Griffith electorate.