Australia Day


Every year, on behalf of the Australia Day Council, Council acknowledges and celebrates wonderful and inspiring members of our community. 

Community groups in each of our towns are encouraged to create community events with the help of a $500 grant so family, friends and visitors can get together and celebrate on the day.

Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

The Australia Day awards ceremony is combined with an Australian citizenship ceremony and is held at the Kyneton Town Hall on 26 January each year. 


There are five categories that you can nominate people for.

The Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Achievement and Arts Ambassador awards can apply to significant service achievements made in the past calendar year or acknowledged continued service to the community over a period of time.

For more information, call the Governance unit on (03) 5422 0333 or email

Citizen of the Year

All residents of the Macedon Ranges Shire are eligible. Nominees must be 30 years of age or over on 26 January of each year.

Young Citizen of the Year

All residents of Macedon Ranges Shire are eligible. Nominees must be under the age of 30 on 26 January of each year.

Community Achievement

This award recognises significant contributions to community life within the Macedon Ranges. The award can be conferred on an individual or a group, and acknowledges:

  • service to the community
  • fundraising for a community/charity/event/project
  • conducting a successful project
  • an event or activity bringing credit or recognition to a community through cultural, environmental or sporting achievement.

Arts Ambassador

This award recognises an individual or group within Macedon Ranges Shire that has actively worked in and/or promoted the arts.

Community event

This award recognises the contribution a community event has made to civic life within Macedon Ranges Shire over the past 12 months.

Honour roll

Previous recipients of Australia Day awards are listed on our honour roll(DOCX, 44KB) / honour roll(PDF, 322KB).

Details of the 2021 Australia Day award winners can be found in latest news.

Events and grants

Many celebrations and activities happen in the Macedon Ranges on Australia Day.

If you're involved with a community group that's planning to hold a free Australia Day event, you can apply for a grant of up to $500.

For more information on planning an Australia Day event, see: National Australia Day Council

Becoming a citizen

The Department of Home Affairs processes Australian citizenship applications. Please contact them via their website or on 13 18 80.

When approved by the Department of Home Affairs, the Department will invite you to our next citizenship ceremony. These are held about four times a year, including one on Australia Day. Family and friends are welcome and light refreshments are provided.

During the ceremony, conducted by the Mayor, you will be asked to make the Australian Citizen pledge. You will then receive:

  • a certificate of Australian citizenship
  • a pledge memento card
  • an Australian native plant.

For more information, call Debbie Peter on (03) 5422 0313 or email