The Canberra Citizen of the Year Award recognises citizens who have made a major contribution to the community. The award is significant - it recognises the efforts of individuals in the community and also helps to promote a sense of civic pride. The award was first introduced in 1989, continuing a tradition started by The Canberra Times some years prior to self government.
The Award is presented by the Chief Minister in March each year as part of Canberra's birthday celebrations.
The Canberra Citizen of the Year is someone who makes an outstanding contribution to our community without expectation of remuneration or reward. They are someone who is motivated to act for the good of the community and is a participating member of the Canberra community.
They contribute to the advancement of Canberra and our community.
They make an outstanding contribution across any endeavour, including, but not limited to, the areas of education, business, health, charity, the arts, the environment, disability, youth, research, medicine or the media.
Strong regard will be given to a nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to nomination, however ongoing and sustained contribution will also be considered highly. Past achievements should also be included in the nomination.
Nominees can be based in Canberra or the Canberra region, as long as the impact of their contribution is primarily within the ACT.
Nominations for the 2019 Award must be received by 11 January 2019.
Or download a nomination form [Word 28KB] and mail or email it to:
Protocol, Honours and Ceremonial Events Officer
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601
2018 Canberra Citizen of the Year: Diane Kargas Bray AM
In recognition of her dedication to building the social capital of the community through Hands Across Canberra and for her tireless commitment to the people of Canberra through roles with Common Ground, GreaterGood and Boundless playground.
History and Previous Award Winners
Read more about the history of the award and the stories of previous recipients: