Western Australian of the Year Awards

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The Western Australian of the Year Awards (previously the WA Citizen Of The Year Awards) are annually awarded to seven individuals who have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the advancement of the state and people of Western Australia through their chosen field of endeavour. An overall winner is chosen from the recipients of each category award.[1][2]

The awards have been given every year since 1973.[1][2][3] The awards were originally known as the WA Citizen Of The Year Awards,[4] and included categories for organisations as well as individuals.[5] The awards were renamed in 2012, when Foundation Day was rename to Western Australia Day.[2]

Worthy individuals and organisations may be nominated by fellow West Australians and cannot nominate themselves.

The categories that make up this annual award are: Aboriginal, Arts and Culture, Business, Community, Professions, Sport, Youth.[1][2] Also at other times, the Epic Achievement Award, Spirit of WA, Lifetime achievement award, Special Year 2000 award, and the Sir Charles Court inspiring leadership awards have been awarded.[6]

Award recipients may choose to use the post-nominal CitWa after their name.[citation needed]

Past recipients include: Tim Winton, St John Ambulance, Sir Charles Court, Fiona Wood, The Health Department of W.A, ericaamerica designer Lucas Bowers, Wally Foreman, Mili Davies and Joan Winch.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Other Western Australian awards". Government of Western Australia - Department of Local Government and Communities - Office of Multicultural Interests. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Western Australian of the Year Awards 2015". Celebrate WA. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "The awards were first presented on Foundation Day, 1 June 1973" - Appendix 4 (pp 976-981 compiled by Anna Kesson - in the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia.
  4. ^ Kneebone, Phil; Celebrate W.A. Council (1996), Western Australian citizens of the year, 1973-1996, Celebrate W.A. Council, retrieved 1 June 2015 
  5. ^ a b "Previous winners". Celebrate WA. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ from Kesson, Anna , pp. 980-981

Further reading[edit]

  • Wainwright, Janet.(1984) Citizen of the Year - is the concept working? The West Australian, 23 June 1984, p. 17,