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2021 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards

It’s time to nominate your local hero!

Do you know someone living in Bass Coast who regularly goes above and beyond, you can always rely on for help, or you admire for their contribution to the community?

Nominations for the 2021 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year are now open.

All nominees should:

  • have made significant contributions to the Bass Coast community
  • have acted above and beyond the scope of their regular employment or duties
  • be inspirational role models
  • positively impact the lives of others
  • live within the Shire

Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged 25 years or over on 26 January 2021 and Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be aged 16-24 years on 26 January 2021. Nominations must be for individuals, those for multiple people cannot be considered.

Nominations close on Monday, 23 November 2020.

Nominating your local hero only takes a few minutes and can be done using the SmartyGrants online system. Just click on the link at the top of the page.

The Australia Day Awards presentation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

The Australia Day Award Nomination Guidelines provide more information for your nomination.

If you would like to view the nomination form details and questions you will be asked to answer to help you prepare your nomination you can download a preview of the nomination form for draft purposes.

If you need any further advice or assistance, contact Linda Ryan at, or 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are the final step in becoming an Australian citizen and are held quarterly throughout the year in Bass Coast Shire.

We host several citizenship ceremonies during the year. These are held on Australia Day (26 January) and two more times per year.

Dates for 2020:

  • Sunday, 26 January
  • May/June - date to be advised
  • Thursday, 17 September

Citizenship ceremonies fulfill requirements prescribed by the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and the Australian Citizenship Regulations 2007. They are conducted under the authority of the Australian Government minister responsible for citizenship matters. The current Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection is The Hon Peter Dutton MP.

If you would like to find out how you can become an Australian Citizen, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website or phone 13 18 80. The Department is responsible for accepting and processing applications. Once your application is processed, and we have received notification of your success, we will invite you to next available citizenship ceremony.

If you have any questions in relation to Council's role in the citizenship process, or the conducting of ceremonies, please contact Councillor Support on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email