Australia Day celebrations

On Australia Day 26 January, we celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. We take pride in who we are and promote diversity, harmony, social cohesion and respect for our fellow human beings. Through the Australia Day Awards we acknowledge the efforts and commitment of citizens who have made a significant contribution to our community and Australia as a whole.

Celebrate Australia Day in your town

Colac Otway Shire's official Australia Day celebrations are held on 26 January.
Every year expression of interests are sought from towns and communities wishing to host the celebrations. 

Community groups and clubs that have the passion and drive to plan, organise and execute the Australia Day event, in partnership with Council's events team, are encouraged to apply.

 Expression of Interest to Host Australia Day 2018  
The expression of interest to host 2018 Australia Day celebrations is now open and will close 31 March 2017

Application -  Expression-of-Interest-EOI-To-Host-2018-Australia-Day.pdf(PDF, 220KB)


Colac Otway Shire Australia Day Awards

Council administers Australia Day Awards on behalf of the National Australia Day Council.

The shire’s Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions made by outstanding members and groups in our community that inspire us through their efforts and make us proud to be Australian.

Awards are available in the following five categories:2016 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Service of the Year
  • Sporting Service of the Year
  • Arts Service of the Year

Australia Day image gallery