Be an active citizen—whether you were born in Australia or choose to become an Australian citizen. Active citizenship is about getting involved in your local community and displaying values such as respect, inclusion and helping others.
Local Hero Award
The Department of Home Affairs, partners with the
National Australia Day Council, and supports active citizenship by sponsoring the Local Hero category in the
Australian of the Year Awards. The Local Hero Award acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.
Aussie of the Month
The Department of Home Affairs also sponsors the Aussie of the Month primary school recognition program. The program encourages students to contribute to their communities and think of others.
Ways you can be an active citizen
There are many ways you can contribute to and participate in your community as an active citizen. Here are a few suggestions:
- Attend a citizenship ceremony in your area to welcome and support new Australian citizens.
- Lead by example and be a role model by being respectful and inclusive of others and ensuring a fair go for all.
- Raise awareness and encourage discussion of the Australian values that unite us and the significance of Australian citizenship on
Citizenship Day (17 September).
refugees and help them to settle into Australia.
- Celebrate the strength in our multicultural community by participating in
Harmony Week and Refugee Week in your local community.
- Share your citizenship story and what Australian citizenship means to you on social media using #AustralianCitizenship and @AusHomeAffairs and add the citizenship frame to your profile picture.