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Awards and recognition

Australia Day Awards

Playford’s Australia Day Awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of a Playford community member, group or initiative and sporting club.

Being recognised for an Australia Day Award is a great honour, paying tribute to someone who makes you proud to be Australian.

The winners of the 2022 Australia Day Awards were announced on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Nominations are open year round

Did you know that you can nominate someone for an Australia Day Award online year round? Simply head to the Citizen of the Year website and follow the prompts to nominate: https://www.citizenoftheyear.com.au/nominate/

Award Categories

Citizen of the Year:

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen and live in the City of Playford.

Young Citizen of the Year:

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen aged over 16 years and under 30 years of age on January 26, 2023, and live in the City of Playford.

Community Group or Initiative of the Year:

For nominees who solely or primarily support the Playford community. Community initiative may be a project, event or other initiative held entirely or primarily in the City of Playford.

Sports Club of the Year:

For nominees that are solely located in the City of Playford (not including games and matches).

Award for Active Citizenship (open to all including non-Playford residents and non-Australian citizens)

This award is for a person or group delivering outstanding work or for an event or cause, staged in the community during the past year.

Eligibility
  1. The person must be an Australian Citizen (except for Award for Active Citizenship) and live in the City of Playford
  2. Community groups or organisations must be based locally and primarily support the Playford community
  3. Groups and individuals are not eligible for nomination if they:
    1. have previously received an award in the same category (individuals), by the City of Playford, in the preceding 10 years (individuals)
    2. have previously received an award for the same initiative (groups), by the City of Playford, in the preceding 10 years (groups)
    3. are a sitting state or federal politician, current vice-regal officer or an Elected Member of Council
  4. Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years
  5. Absolutely no weight is given to the number of times a person or organisation is nominated
  6. Councils may choose to re-submit nominations that do not receive an award for future consideration in subsequent years of the program
Selection Criteria
  • Significant contribution to the City of Playford community
  • An inspirational role model for the City of Playford community
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field

In choosing the recipients of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards, regard is given to the nominee’s achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the community.

International Day of People with Disability Mayoral Awards

The International Day of People with Disability Mayoral Awards aim to honour and recognise the accomplishments of people with disability and individuals or organisations within City of Playford. Those nominated will have made an ongoing and significant contribution to improve the lives of people with disability and grow the Playford region as a truly inclusive community.

The Mayoral Awards are announced each year on International Day of People with Disability.

Award Categories

Personal Development:

Recognises an individual with disability who, through exceptional effort and outstanding achievement, has improved outcomes for people with disability in the Playford area.

Business/Employment/Education:

Recognises a business/employer who is making a positive contribution to the recruitment and employment of people with disability or an education/training provider who is utilising innovative approaches to facilitate lifelong learning opportunities for people with a disability in the Playford area.

Sports/Recreation/Arts:

Recognises the inclusive design or practices of a team, club, sporting event, recreation facility or recognising individual or group achievements in the Arts in the Playford area

Community Service:

Recognises excellence in delivering positive and efficient outcomes for people with disability by maximising choice and control, supporting innovation, or in providing communication and information systems that are accessible, reliable and responsive.

Eligibility
  • People/person with disability who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding and continuous service to the local community over a number of years.
  • Person/Organisation who have made a significant contribution to people with disability during the current year and/or given outstanding and continuous service over a number of years. This contribution can be by means of design or inclusion practices.