Yarra Community Awards

The Yarra Community Awards are held each year to recognise the everyday heroes who make our city such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

There are 7 categories and we invite community members to nominate individuals or groups who are making a difference in Yarra.

Winners are selected by a Community Awards Selection Panel. This panel is comprised of 5 community representatives who assess each nomination based on their contribution to the Yarra community, the positive impact they have made, their leadership and being a positive role model for others. 

Winners are celebrated and recognised at an awards ceremony. A monetary prize of $500 is awarded to the winners of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year categories. A monetary prize of $250 is awarded to the winners in each of the remaining categories.

How to submit a nomination

You can nominate an individual or group by filling in an online form during the nomination period. 

Nominations are open from Monday 20 May to Sunday 30 June 2024. 

You’ll need some contact details to complete your nomination, so make sure you have these ready.  

The form asks for contact details for:

  • Yourself
  • The nominee/s
  • A referee who is familiar with the achievements of the nominee.

You will also need to:  

  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Confirm that the nominee has agreed to be nominated
  • Answer some questions about the positive impact that the nominee has made and why they should be recognised

Download the Community Awards 2024 Nomination Guidelines [PDF 517kb] for more information.

Award categories

  • Citizen of the Year 
    Must be a current Yarra resident aged 26 years and older (at 1 July 2024).

  • Young Citizen of the Year
    Must be a current Yarra resident aged 12 to 25 years (at 1 July 2024).

  • Community Initiative of the Year 
    Presented to an initiative by a group, event, campaign or movement. Individuals are not eligible for this category.

  • Contributions to Sustainability 
    Presented to an individual or group for a program, project or activity that addresses the climate emergency or an environmental issue relevant to Yarra.

  • Contributions to Sport 
    Presented to an individual or group that encourages physical activity as part of everyday life for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Contributions to Arts and Culture 
    Presented to an individual or group that contributes to Yarra's vibrant arts and culture, including contributions to protecting and celebrating local history.

  • Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion 
    Presented to an individual or group that works to make sure all people can participate in community life, feel welcome and be connected in Yarra.

For more information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email [email protected].