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Civic Program and Citizenship

Citizen of the Year Awards

City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards

The City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievement and excellence in the local community and highlight the importance of service to the Australian nation. These awards are part of Council’s Australia Day program, and provide a great opportunity to celebrate local heroes for the contribution they deliver to our community. 

Being nominated for a Citizen of the Year Award is a great honour and it is an opportunity for the community to pay tribute to neighbours, friends or colleagues who make them proud to be an Australian.

There are many reasons to nominate an individual or group to receive an award, including achievement in education, sports, environmental care, community engagement, business, welfare, arts and culture, leadership, civic responsibility, volunteering, offering acts of kindness, or a noteworthy contribution to the Parramatta community.

You can nominate for the below categories

Citizen of the Year:

A person who has made a noteworthy contribution to the City of Parramatta in any of the below age groups

  • Young Citizen of the Year in honour of David Shakespeare OAM: 16 - 30 years
  • Citizen of the Year: 31-64 years
  • Senior Citizen of the Year: 65 years and over

Note: the age of the nominee must fall into the applicable category as of 26 January 2023. Selection of Citizen of the Year Award recipients will take into consideration activities in the year prior to January 2023, in addition to past and future activities.

Community Group Award:

A local group or organisation, which has provided an outstanding contribution to the City of Parramatta community. This includes projects and events.

Note: The Community Group Award must be for a group, project or activity which has contributed to the City of Parramatta in the 24 months prior to January 2023.

Award winners will be announced in January 2023 as part of City of Parramatta's Australia Day program. 

How to Nominate

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Nominations are now open for the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards 2023!

You are invited to nominate a member of the community or local community group, whose exemplary contribution is deserving of recognition. This could be a friend, family member, workmate, local group or organisation, or someone you know who serves the community. You only need to be nominated once to be considered for an award.

Please ensure that you have read the Eligibility Criteria, Conditions of Entry and Assessment Criteria before submitting a nomination. 

Nominations are open now and will close 5pm 17 November 2022.

Judging Panel Expression of Interest

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City of Parramatta Council is seeking Expressions of Interest in voluntary Membership of the 2023 City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards Judging Panel.

The purpose of the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards program is to acknowledge outstanding individuals and groups who have made a valuable contribution to the City of Parramatta. The City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Awards Judging Panel is responsible for the review, assessment, and selection of City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year Award recipients for each of the categories.

Judging Panel Requirements
  • Representatives will be selected based on their stated experiences, skills and interests of relevance to the panel and the following guiding principles:

    • Inclusive membership to ensure a diversity of views
    • Experience track record of engagement with the local community, and
    • Principal place of residence, educational institution or employment is within the City of Parramatta LGA.

Expressions of Interest from the community are due to be submitted by 4pm, Monday 17 October 2022.

Citizen of the Year Awards 2022 recipients (Back to top)

Citizen of the Year Awards 2022 recipients
  • Alicia Judge

    In her role as inclusion and diversity manager for Scribbles and Giggles Childcare Centres, Alicia spends many hours outside of work supporting and guiding families to best meet their child's needs. She mentors more than 80 employees to ensure they are well-educated and informed about each child's needs and has created a community where families, educators and children collaborate to achieve an inclusive educational and lifestyle plan. Alicia is passionate about helping everyone, especially children with additional needs.

  • Amar Singh

    Amar is the founding president of Turbans 4 Australia, a Sikh charity organisation based in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA). His passion is forming connections with people from all walks of life and breaking down the barriers of fear and misunderstanding, while following the core Sikh values of equality, respect and service to humanity. Amar has provided assistance where there were large gaps in support, especially regarding the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community. During the pandemic, he helped pick up and deliver donated goods via his trucking company.

  • Bipin Johri

    Bipin has volunteered at Dundas Library since September 2015, assisting community members to bridge gaps in their digital skills. Through his workshops, Bipin has shown seniors how to overcome technology hesitancy by teaching them basic computer skills, as well as how to use smart home devices, online banking and shopping websites, and other essential skills during the pandemic. 

  • Homicide Victims' Support Group Australia

    The Homicide Victim’s Support Group (HVSG) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting families and friends who have lost a loved one through homicide. Located in Parramatta and founded in 1993, HVSG has provided support and services to approximately 4,200 people to date. HVSG runs programs for the NSW Police, offering education and coaching in homicide victim support. Through their fundraising efforts HVSG has started construction on ‘Grace's Place’, a trauma recovery centre that will be a unique place of healing and restoration for grieving children and young people. 

Previous Awards Recipients

Contact Us

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For more information, please feel free to contact our Citizen of the Year Awards team at or by calling 02 9806 5000.

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