Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
State Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2016
Hon Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC
Sustainable agriculture advocate
While his career has included distinguished military service and five years as Australia’s Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery believes his biggest challenge is to restore our degraded landscape. Passionate about regenerative agriculture practices, Michael chairs a number of boards and as the National Advocate for Soil Health has raised public awareness of the critical role healthy soil plays in underpinning sustainable productivity. In 2000, Michael established Future Directions International, a research institute tasked with examining long-term issues facing Australia, from water and food security to the economic development of the nation’s north. Awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry during his military career, Michael is as community-minded as he is brave. As Patron of the School Volunteer Program, Michael encourages adults to mentor the next generation of Australians. He also chairs the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia. By helping to raise $30 million, the Trust has contributed substantially to eliminating preventable blindness throughout the Commonwealth and Australia’s Indigenous communities.