Citizen of the Year Conditions of Entry

Citizen of the Year 2022 nominations closed on Sunday 21 November 2021. Stay tuned for 2023 nominations.

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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 2022 - Recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period.
  • Young Citizen of the Year 2022 - 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 20 January 2022.

How to Nominate

Carefully read the Nomination Guidelines before nominating. Nominations close on Sunday 21 November 2021.

Download the Nomination Form(PDF, 169KB) 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

  1. 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
  2. Only nominations submitted on the approved nomination form or via the online web form will be accepted
  3. Nominations may be submitted by an individual or an organisation
  4. Young Citizen of the Year must be between 12 and 25 years of age as at 20 January 2022
  5. 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
  6. Unsuccessful nominees can be re-nominated in following years
  7. Nominees must be residents of the City of Ryde
  8. Persons cannot nominate themselves
  9. Supporting written material and copies of other documents may be attached to the nomination form if desired
  10. The decision(s) of the judges are final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  11. The judging panel will consist of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees and the General Manger of the City of Ryde
  12. Current City of Staff and Councillors cannot be nominated for an award
  13. 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.
  14. Nominations close at 12.00am (midnight) on Sunday 21 November 2021.
  15. Those selected as finalists should be available to attend the City of Ryde’s Citizen of the Year awards on Thursday evening 20 January 2022 (inability to attend does not disqualify entry)
  16. Nomination information in relation to winners may be used for publicity purposes
  17. Winners may be asked to make themselves available without cost for publicity purposes
  18. Organisations or individuals can submit a maximum of 5 nominations per organisation