Australia Day, Awards & Citizenship Ceremonies

The first step to apply for Citizenship is to contact the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 80 or visit their website.

Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies fulfil the requirements under Australian Citizenship law and provide an opportunity for Mansfield Shire Council to officially welcome its new citizens. Ceremonies are conducted by the Mayor once citizenship has been approved by the Department of Home Affairs and can also be performed on Australia Day as part of our Australia Day Celebrations.

Enquiries regarding Australian Citizenship and the application process should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 80 or via their website.


Australia Day Celebrations and Citizen Awards

Australia Day Celebrations are held each year in Mansfield. An Australian Citizenship Ceremony is also held during this event.

As part of our Australia Day Celebrations held on 26 January each year, Council also presents Citizen Awards in five categories:

  • Citizen, Senior Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year - awarded in recognition of a noteworthy, honorary contribution in community service or for personal achievement, including sport, over a number of years.
  • Community Event of the Year - awarded to an individual, organisation or group in recognition of the valuable contribution that a special event has made in giving something to the local community. 
  • Community Group or Organisation Award - designed to acknowledge the most outstanding Community Group or Organisation that has demonstrated a high level of excellence and innovation and provided a significant impact on the town's community.

We congratulate our 2022 Australia Day Award winners:

  • Citizen of the Year - Margaretanne Hood
  • Senior Citizen of the Year - Zaldah Kirley
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Riley Tanner
  • Community Event of the Year - Mansfield Rideathon (Mansfield Autism Statewide Services)
  • Community Group or Organisation - The Mansfield Mens Shed

Full details about our Award winners and nominees available here(PDF, 166KB).

Nominations for these Awards open in October each year with winners formally acknowledged on Australia Day.

Mansfield Shire Council will again be hosting a Celebration on Australia Day 2023.  Full detail of what's planned will be available on the events page of the website from December 2022.

For further details, contact Council’s EA Mayor and CEO on 5775 8555.