Student Citizenship Awards

On Tuesday 22 October, His Excellency the Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, and Mrs Lan Le hosted a reception at Government House, Adelaide to announce the Top 12 South Australian Student Citizenship Award recipients for 2019. The Student Citizenship Awards is the flagship program of the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association. The Branch also aims to raise awareness about the Order of Australia and the process through which awards are granted, and can make information available to those who are seeking to submit a nomination.

The 2019 Student Citizen of the Year is William Gillett from Loxton High School.

“William has contributed extensively both to his school and the Riverland community, providing an excellent role model for other young people with his dynamic leadership and active engagement in a wide range of extra curricula and leadership activities. His outstanding participation on the Youth Environmental Council, the River Murray Youth Council and as President of the SRC and Deputy Head Prefect at Loxton High School are examples of a few of the many positions through which he has shown genuine concern for the environment and the well-being of others”.

William Gillett from Loxton High School


Since 2003, the Association, encouraged by school leaders, has successfully offered prestigious awards and certificates to year 11 and 12 students nominated by their respective schools and colleges, and selected by an adjudication panel as worthy of recognition for their contribution to citizenship in South Australia.

The awards – known as Student Citizenship Awards – are not for academic or sporting achievements but are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly to school and/or general communities. They exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.

The ten most worthy students, in addition to a certificate, receive a plaque and the student judged most worthy also receives a trophy as Student Citizen of the Year. Presentation of these awards have, in the past, been made at a function hosted by His Excellency – the Governor of the day – where the Governor has received the students and presented them with their award.

Assessment is based on the following criteria –

  • Production of significant benefits for members of the school and/or general community.
  • Leadership and influence of peers by example.
  • Demonstration of skills in organisation, management and communication.
  • Outstanding citizenship displayed by assisting group(s) in need e.g. disadvantaged, elderly, homeless youth – over a period of time or by otherwise making a significant contribution to community development.
  • Initiative and concern demonstrated for the advancement or well-being of others.
  • Demonstrated pride in Australian citizenship.

These criteria have no hierarchy or priority and all are of equal value. Nominees need not satisfy all criteria.

Student Citizenship Awards – 2019

Nominations for 2019 have now closed

Nominations are now invited for the 2019 Student Citizenship Awards from the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association. Each school or college is entitled to nominate up to two students from Years 11 and/or 12 who satisfy the criteria listed below for these prestigious awards.

***Please note : Students nominated from past years are eligible to be renominated but any of these students who were received at Government House previously, will be ranked only on achievements since that recognition.

The awards are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly to school and/or general communities rather than for specific academic or sporting achievements. The Awards exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”

All nominations received are considered by an adjudication panel and those students judged worthy of recognition will receive a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate signed by His Excellency the Governor of South Australia and Patron of this Branch of the Association.

The ten students judged most worthy, will also be invited to receive a special plaque at an award ceremony, likely to be hosted by His Excellency at Government House later in the year. At this ceremony, the 2019 Student Citizen of the Year will be announced.

In keeping with the aim of the Association to raise awareness about The Order of Australia, each school / college will be encouraged to invite a member of the Association – an Australian Honours recipient – to attend a suitable school function, probably in term 4, to present the Student Citizenship Award certificate to the recipient student. Arrangements for the member’s attendance will be coordinated by the Convenor in conjunction with and subject to approval from the school / college.

The assessment for student nominations worthy to receive a Student Citizenship Award will be based on the criteria set out in the nomination form. Please note that the criteria differ slightly from previous years and therefore nomination forms from preceding years should NOT be used for 2019.

Please click on the following links to download the form in Word Format or PDF Format