Australia Day


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

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

Along with recognising our many local contributors, we also welcome new citizens to our community with a citizenship ceremony.


We have five categories that people can be nominated for:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Achievement
  • Community Event
  • Arts Ambassador

Nomination forms are available in September of each year and the closing date for nominations will be at the beginning of November.

For further information, contact our Governance unit via (03) 5422 0333 or

Events and grants

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

For an early start, attend one of the many free breakfast barbecues, followed by a barbecue lunch and then finish your day watching an Australian film in the open evening air. Fill in the day by entering the 'Baynton Gift', or taking a turn at the crease at the Woodend RSL Front Lawn Ashes Match. Enjoy a pony ride, compete in wheelbarrow race or an Australian quiz show, or throw a gumboot further than anyone else.

If you're involved with a community group that's planning to hold a free Australia Day event, you can apply for an Australia Day Grant of up to $500. Applications are open in September of each year.

For more information on planning your own 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.

Our next citizenship ceremony will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

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

Honour roll

Previous recipients of Australia Day awards are listed on our honour roll (available in Word(DOCX, 21KB) or PDF(PDF, 97KB)).