We acknowledge people, community groups and organisations that make Wollongong a better place.
Every year, our community nominates people and groups for the City of Wollongong Australia Day Awards.
2021 Australia Day Award Winners
- Citizen of the Year: Chaplain John Kewa
- Senior Citizen of the Year: Laurence Jennett OAM
- Young Citizen of the Year: Thura Sabbar
- Arts and Cultural Achievement Award: Sharon Buikstra
- Sports Achievement Award: Open Men's Boat Crew, Bulli Surf Life Saving Club
- Innovation Achievement Award: Professor Sharon Robinson
- Community Group Award: One Door Mental Health Committee
- Diversity and Inclusion Award: Lisa Cuda
- Wollongong to the World Award: Corey Tutt
- Wollongong to the World Award: Carol Kiernan
- Lord Mayor's Award: Hasan Al Taleb
- Lord Mayor’s Award: Dapto High School.
You can read about each of our 2021 award recipients in our Australia Day Awards media release.
Our Recognition Receptions are held twice a year to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in our city. This can include national Roll of Honour recipients, volunteers, academics, sportspeople and others who contribute to our community.
If you’d like to suggest someone to be included in a future recognition reception, email or call us on (02) 4227 7111.
Recent awards and recognition
Wollongong City Council recognises the current Illawarra Academy of Sport Scholarship Holders and their coaches and congratulates the Academy on the exceptional work they undertake to enhance the skills of the athletes.
For generations, Geoff Phillips has been a firm fixture of local news bulletins and tonight he was named Wollongong’s Citizen of the Year for 2020.