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Australia Day

It is a day for all Australians to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.

Today we celebrate Australia Day. It is a day for all Australians to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian, and appreciate how we all contribute to the Australian community.

Australia Day is a day that is supported by our communities, strengthened by our diversity, and driven by our desire to make Australia a better place, now and in the future.

Today we recognise the achievements of our award winners and our students. All exceptional examples of what it means to be an Australian citizen, engaging with our community and contributing to our city. By giving back, these award recipients are truly demonstrating what it means to be Australian.

Shortly we will welcome to Australia new citizens from many countries. They will soon be able to call themselves Australians for the first time. We will proudly witness them taking their oath, accepting rights and responsibilities and vowing to obey Australian laws.

While citizenship of our country represents a pledge of commitment to this nation, I would like to take a minute to focus on citizenship at a local level and what it means to call Darwin your home. 

Local government is instrumental in establishing a sense of community and at this level, Council can provide the opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Australia Day 2019 Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony Order of Preceedings

10.00 am

Welcome to Country
Lord Mayor to give Welcome Address
Australian Defense force to raise the Australian flag.
Australian Army Band plays

10.15 am

Citizenship Ceremony
Lord Mayor to then conduct presentation of Citizenship ceremony
“Advance Australia Fair” National Anthem led by Army Band

Australia Day Awards
Chairman of Australia Day Council  for an Australia Day Address
Presentation of the Student Citizen Certificates and medallions
The Lord Mayor to present the Community Event Award, Young Citizen and Citizen Awards
Cutting of  the Australia Day cake
Army Band performs

Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the community? Or have you been involved in a specific community project which deserves recognition? Nominate them for the Darwin Australia Day Awards! 

Australia Day Awards

Members of the community who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, or given outstanding service to the community over a number of years are eligible for these prestigious awards.

The Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Awards are provided by the Australia Day Council NT and administered by City of Darwin. Each nominee must live in the Darwin municipality. 

The Australia Day Awards include, Darwin Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year plus Darwin Community Event of the Year.

  • Darwin Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year receive an Apple iPad 32GB wifi and commemorative certificate.
  • The Darwin Community Event of the Year receives $500 and a commemorative certificate.

The Darwin Community Event of the Year Award

is open to community groups, made up of four or more people who:

  1. perform a service to the community
  2. raise funds for a community charity, event or project
  3. conduct a successful project, event or activity; or
  4. bring credit or recognition to a community through a cultural, environmental or sporting achievement.

Eligibility requirements

The awards are there to recognise individuals and groups who have contributed above and beyond to the community.

  • Nominees for Young Citizen of the Year must be 29 years or younger on 26 January 2019.
  • Nominees for Citizen of the Year, must be 30 years or older on 26 January 2019.
  • All nominees must be a resident of the Darwin municipality.

More Information

For assistance with your nomination to Darwin's Australia Day Awards, please contact the Community Events Coordinator on

08 8930 0300

For information on other Australia Day Awards and events, please contact the Australia Day Council. 

08 8924 4204

visit the Australia Day Council website

Last modified 
05 Dec 2018

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