State & Territory
Finalists Announced

Australian of the Year

Deng Adut
Child soldier turned successful Lawyer

Senior Australian of the Year

Dr John Knight AM
Doctor and altruist supporting elderly Australians in need

Young Australian of the Year

Arthur Alla
Reconciliation champion and Founder of Red Earth

Australia's Local Hero

Josephine Peter
Life-long volunteer, with seven decades of giving back

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21 December 2016

The Australian of the Year awards are all about recognising amazing Australian stories and we believe Catherine’s is a story that deserved to be told and recognised.

Joint Exhibition Commemorates 2017 Australian of the Year National Finalists

15 December 2016

The National Museum of Australia and the National Australia Day Council (NADC) today launched an exhibition of personal objects representing the experiences of the 2017 Australian of the Year national finalists.

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Just one week to go until the announcement of the 2017 #AusoftheYear

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Very proud of the 2012 Young #AusoftheYear @maritacheng - doing some amazing things with robotics to help others.

18 January 2017 a 2:46pm

"If you can’t speak out, you’ll act out.” TAS #AusoftheYear improving literacy & communication in the justice system

16 January 2017 a 11:16am

"We're not just building academic capabilities but also general confidence" VIC Senior #AusoftheYear @LoisPeeler

16 January 2017 a 10:44am