Nominate now for Canberra's 40th Citizen of the Year


Nominations are now open for the 2016 CBR Citizen of the Year, recognising and celebrating the Canberra community’s most outstanding contributors. It’s also a chance to say thank you to the people who have helped shape the city we all know and love today.

40 years celebrating our citizens

In 2016 the Canberra Citizen of the Year award is celebrating its 40th year since being introduced by The Canberra Times in 1977.

Over the last 40 years, the Canberra Citizen of the Year award has celebrated a wide cross-section of the talent, commitment and contribution made by so many in our community, including scientists, artists, scout leaders, dancers, journalists, medical practitioners, business people, community workers, police, nurses, volunteers, indigenous leaders, religious leaders and community organisations.

The 2015 award was presented to Sue Salthouse in recognition of her personal efforts and significant contribution working to improve the lives and opportunities for people with disability, and in particular women with disability. Sue has had an enormous year, particularly working across at a national level in the area of domestic violence prevention. She is a great ambassador for our city.

How to nominate

To nominate a talented and giving member of our community, go to and complete the online nomination form. Community members can also request a hard copy nomination form via Canberra Connect by phoning 13 22 81.

Nominations for the Canberra Citizen of the Year award close on 31 January 2016 and the winner will be announced as part of Canberra’s birthday celebrations in March 2016.