Nominations now open for 2022 National Awards for Local Government

Local Governments across Australia are encouraged to nominate outstanding projects to be recognised in this year’s National Awards for Local Government. 

Now in its 36th year, the awards showcase the achievements and positive impact local governments have on their communities through the work they do in applying creative and tailored solutions to improve community outcomes.

Submissions are welcomed for projects across eleven award categories including Creativity and Culture, Productivity through Infrastructure, Regional Growth, Cohesive Communities, Road Safety, Addressing Violence against Women and their Children, Women in Local Government, Indigenous Recognition, Career Starter, Waste Management, and Disaster Preparedness.

Previous award-winning entries range from the City of Melville’s (WA), Smart City, Smart Grid project that utilises real time data to improve efficiency and sustainability, to the Paroo Shire Council in Queensland’s collaboration with Cunnamulla police to help local youth develop life skills and remove employment barriers through the Blue Light Learner Driver program.

Nominations are open until 3 August, with the winners to be announced in October 2022. To nominate a local government or for more information, visit

The Awards are administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

Quotes attributable to Regional Development, Local Government and Territories Minister, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“Recent years have been incredibly challenging for local governments who have been on the front-line delivering support in disaster recovery and throughout the pandemic.

“The National Awards for Local Government are a great opportunity to recognise those who are applying innovative and resourceful solutions to issues that matter to local communities.

“I’m keen for these awards to showcase how councils have overcome challenges to deliver tangible benefits over the past 12 months and put a spotlight on sharing ideas and solutions that will make a difference going forward.

“As a former mayor, I know how important local governments are. They are the level of government closest to our communities, they deliver critical infrastructure and services and often, they are doing incredible things for their communities, with very little thanks or recognition.

“I firmly believe the key to maximising Australia’s potential is by further empowering local government to deliver critical services and initiatives based on local approaches, tailored in recognition that every region is different.

“I am proud to be part of an initiative that recognises local government achievements and service delivery and I can’t wait to learn all more about the outstanding projects taking place right across our country.”

Media contact:

Minister McBain – Melanie Leach 0492 318 450