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About the Melbourne Awards

The Melbourne Awards are our city’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy for the benefit of the city. Now in its 13th year, the Awards were introduced by the City of Melbourne to reward the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals whose passion and commitment makes Melbourne such a unique place to live, visit and do business.

The Awards recognise significant achievements in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Community and Profile — celebrating those who contribute to the social, economic and sustainable benefit of the city and enhance Melbourne’s reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Entries can be made by nominating an individual, group or organisation who is working towards securing Melbourne’s future as a thriving, forward- thinking capital city. Details on each Award can be found at Award Categories.

Winners are selected through a comprehensive judging process which is designed to be fair, transparent and independent of the City of Melbourne. The judging process relies heavily on the generosity of an esteemed panel of honorary judges who are highly experienced and respected in their fields, representing a variety of industry sectors.

Another important part of the Melbourne Awards program is the announcement of Melburnian of the Year. The Melburnian of the Year is selected by a committee of notable Melburnians appointed by the Lord Mayor.

The 2015 Melbourne Awards program culminated in the presentation of awards at the prestigious Gala Awards Ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 14 November, where finalists were acknowledged and winners celebrated.

Nominations for the 2016 Melbourne Awards will open in April 2016. To find out more about the 2015 Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements, see How to Enter.

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Key 2015 dates

Date Activity
30 April

Registration of entry open

9 June

Registration of entry closed

19 June

Submission workshop for entrants

20 July

Entries (submissions) closed

15 September - 6 October

Judging interviews and selection meetings

13 October Finalists announced
14 November

Melbourne Awards Gala Ceremony - Melbourne Town Hall

Tram driving along Flinders Street