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 Colac 2018

Colac Otway Shire's official Australia Day celebrations are held on 26 January.

In 2018, Australia Day will be held in Colac.  If your community group would like to be part of the Australia Day Working Committee, please advise our Events Team on 5232-9400 or email via

The Australia Day celebrations provide various fundraising opportunities for community groups.  In partnership with Council's Events Team, your group could host a barbecue, run a children's activity, organize market stalls, advocate for your group and more.  

Australia Day 2018 - Nomination Forms and Guidelines

Nominations ARE NOW CLOSED for Australia Day awards 2018  

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