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1 School Awards | The Order of Australia Association


** 2020 Nominations have now Closed **

With the uncertainties and circumstances caused by the COVID19 virus, the closing date for nominations for the 2020 Student Citizenship Awards (SCA) has been extended until later this year. Consequently, we will accept nominations at any stage of the year up until the last day of school term 3 in South Australia (September 25, 2020).

Whilst we will endeavour to advise schools of the outcome for these Awards as soon as possible, it is probable that certificates and Awards will not be available in time for the “End of Year” Awards Ceremonies held by many schools and colleges. Also, it is likely that the Government House ceremony for the Top 10 recipients from 2020 will not be held until early 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact :

The Convenor, Student Citizenship Awards, Noel Hender at

The Student Citizenship Awards are a different initiative from the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools. The Governor’s Awards are continuing as previously advised on

Student Citizenship Awards

** 2020 Nominations have now Closed **

His Excellency the Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, and Mrs Lan Le on October 22 hosted a reception at Government House to the Top 12 South Australian Student Citizenship Award recipients for 2019. Also at this reception, the 2019 Student Citizen of the Year was announced as William Gillett from Loxton High School. His citation reads :

“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 intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly through voluntary service to school and/or general communities. They exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.

The top 10 or so most worthy students, receive an inscribed plaque and certificate; the student judged most worthy also receives a trophy as Student Citizen of the Year. Presentation of these awards are made at a function hosted by His Excellency – the Governor of the day,

Assessment is based on the following criteria – examples should be cited that demonstrate:

  • Significant benefits for the school/college and/or general community;
  • Leadership and influence upon peers..
  • Skills in organisation, management and communication.
  • Initiative and concern for the advancement and/or well-being of others by assisting group(s) in need such as disadvantaged, elderly, homeless youth OR by making a significant contribution to the environment and/or community development.
  • Pride in Australian citizenship.

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

Student Citizenship Awards – 2020

Nominations are now invited for the 2020 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 2020 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 2020.

Please click here for the 2020 brochure.