The winners in each category were announced on 19 April 2012.
Highlighting this year's awards is the performance of eleven small councils with fewer than 15,000 rateable properties.
The 2012 Awards reflect achievement in sixteen categories including several new ones: Active Arts; Energy Smart; Road Safety; Services to Remote Communities; Natural Resource Management; Land-Use Planning; Rural and Remote Health, and Strength in Diversity.
The category winners will be considered for the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, to be announced in June 2012.
The winners of the 2012 Awards categories can be found by clicking here.