Citizen of the Year Conditions of Entry

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Every year the City of Ryde publicly acknowledges and recognises the outstanding accomplishments by individuals in our community who have excelled in their chosen field. Winners and nominations in the past have come from fields as diverse as sporting administrators, business leaders, fire fighters, church leaders, school captains, writers, youth workers and other entrepreneurs.


  • Citizen of the Year 2023
    Recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period.

  • Young Citizen of the Year 2023
    Recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period by a young person aged 12-25yrs.

The awards are open to all Australian citizens living in the City of Ryde. The Young Citizen of the Year Award is open to Australian citizens between the ages of 12 and 25 years (as at 26 January 2022). The awards are held under the auspices of the Australia Day Council of NSW and judging is conducted by a local selection panel. Winners are announced at Council’s Citizen of the year Awards Night which will take place on Thursday 19 January 2023. 

How to Nominate

Carefully read the Nomination Guidelines before nominating. Nominations close at 11.59pm Sunday 13 November 2022.

Download the Nomination Form(PDF, 3MB) or complete the Online Nomination Form.

In assessing a nomination, the judging panel may consider:

  • Achievements in the year immediately prior to the nomination of the Award, as well as consideration of the nominee’s past achievements, longevity of service and ongoing contribution to the City of Ryde
  • Broad community involvement
  • The benefit to the community from the nominee’s service or contribution
  • Other recognition of the nominee's work
  • Whether the nominee worked as part of a team and their role within the team
  • Whether the nominee has had to overcome any particular challenges or hurdles.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Any individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the City of Ryde during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years shall be eligible
  • Only nominations submitted on the approved nomination form or via the online web form will be accepted
  • Nominations may be submitted by an individual or an organisation
  • Young Citizen of the Year must be between 12 and 25 years of age as at 26 January 2023
  • Previous Award recipients are eligible to be nominated again however only the contribution to the community since the last award will be considered during the judging process
  • Unsuccessful nominees can be re-nominated in following years
  • Nominees must be residents of the City of Ryde
  • Persons cannot nominate themselves
  • Supporting written material and copies of other documents may be attached to the nomination form if desired
  • The decision(s) of the judges are final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The judging panel will consist of the Mayor Deputy Mayor, CEO of the City of Ryde and two community representatives chosen by the Mayor from the previous years award winners
  • Current City of Staff and Councillors cannot be nominated for an award
  • City of Ryde Staff and Councillors may nominate people in the community with the exception of members of the Judging panel and staff within the Events Team
  • Nominations close at 11.59pm on Sunday 13 November 2022
  • Those selected as finalists should be available to attend the City of Ryde’s Citizen of the Year awards on Thursday evening 19 January 2023 (inability to attend does not disqualify entry)
  • Nomination information in relation to winners may be used for publicity purposes
  • Winners may be asked to make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes
  • Organisations or individuals can submit a maximum of five nominations per organisation.