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Celebrating the stories of inspiring Melburnians 

21 May 2024

Applications are now open for this year’s Melbourne Awards – an opportunity for the City of Melbourne to celebrate and thank the people and organisations making a positive difference in our community.  

Now in its 22nd year, the 2024 Melbourne Awards will include eight categories:  

  • Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu guljin – celebrating efforts to support and promote Melbourne’s First Nations community.  
  • Access and Inclusion – promoting initiatives that improve and celebrate the lives of those living with a disability.  
  • Arts and Events – highlighting work to drive visitation and boost Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital.  
  • City Design – showcasing the work of organisations in shaping the city’s skyline through innovative design.   
  • Community – recognising projects and activities that enhance community wellbeing. 
  • Knowledge and Innovation – supporting thinkers and innovators shaping our city’s bright future.  
  • LGBTIQA+ – acknowledging the work of those supporting and promoting diversity and inclusivity.  
  • Sustainability – focusing on projects and programs creating a more sustainable city through innovation and design.  

Previous Melbourne Award winners include APHIDS, Auslan Education Services, The Living Room (powered by Youth Projects), and The Long Walk.

Nominations are also open for the Melburnian of the Year and Young Melburnian of the Year, recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to the city.

Founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM was awarded the esteemed title of the 2023 Melburnian of the Year.

Last year, Georgie Stone OAM was named the inaugural Young Melburnian of the Year, recognised as a passionate advocate for trans and gender diversity on a national and global scale.

Applications for the 2024 Melbourne Awards and nominations for the Melburnian and Young Melburnian of the Year are now open until Friday 21 June.

Winners will be announced at the Melbourne Awards Gala on Saturday 9 November.

The City of Melbourne thanks its partners 3AW, EY, Channel 9, JOY Media and Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mitchelton.

For more information, visit Melbourne Awards.

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp

“Melbourne is a true melting pot of innovative, caring and creative minds who make our city a vibrant and inclusive place to live, work, study and visit.”

“From established initiatives to fresh new ideas that propel us forward – the prestigious Melbourne Awards tell the stories of the incredible people who have helped shape Melbourne into a place we can all be proud of.”

“We hope the stories of our finalist and winners will inspire fellow Melburnians to get out there and make their own mark for the benefit of our city.”

“If you know a remarkable Melburnian making a positive difference, celebrate their contribution by nominating them for a Melbourne Award.”

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