Community Support

Ambassador Program

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is the cornerstone of local Australia Day celebrations. Every year the program sends over 300 high achieving and proud Australians to towns and cities across the nation to inspire and unite communities and to drive participation in Australia Day events.

The benefits of having an Ambassador at our Australia Day celebrations include:

  • The oportunity for your local community to meet and listen to Australians who have distinguished themselves by their contribution to their country.
  • They are a drawcard for regional celebrations.
  • The chance to hear stories which ilustrate the many opportunities Australia offer.
  • The oportunity to reinforce the diversity of achievers in Australia.
Meet our Northern Territory Ambassadors 


Community Grants

These grants are to assist community organisations with Australia Day activities and events.

Applications must meet the following criteria

  • Funding is available for not for profits, local government or community groups
  • The event must be free to attend
  • The event must be inclusive to all members of the community
  • The event must be recognising or celebrating Australia Day
  • The event must be held within two weeks of Australia Day, 26 January
  • The event must be held within the Northern Territory
  • Grant are available for up to $3,000.00

These grants are now closed, the next round of funding will open in October 2020.

Citizen of the Year Awards

Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly sponsored by the Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by local and regional Councils across the Northern Territory.

The Awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during the year, and/or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community.

Award categories;

  • Citizen of the Year -To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen
  • Young Citizen of the Year - To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen and under 30yrs on 26 January
  • Community Event of the Year - Person/group who has staged the most outstanding event

To register your Council please complete and send back the COTY_ Registration Form.pdf [PDF Document, 265.03 KB]

Looking for tips on how to increase your award nominations? Here are some ideas

Help promote your Awards to the wider community with this poster and Nomination FormCOTY_Nomination_Form.pdf [PDF Document, 147.52 KB]