News Archive

NSW Local Hero helps celebrate 50 years of The Wayside Chapel

10 April 2014

NSW Local Hero for 2014, Reverend Graham Long will lead the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Wayside Chapel with a huge street carnival on Sunday, 13 April. Rev Long has been CEO and Pastor of the much-loved Sydney charity for ten years and was instrumental in restoring The Wayside Chapel to its former glory after financial ruin nearly threatened its closure.

Vale Mark Linfoot, Tasmania's Local Hero 2014

11 March 2014

The National Australia Day Council and everyone associated with the Australian of the Year Awards are saddened by the passing of 60 year old Mark Linfoot, who was awarded Tasmania's Local Hero 2014.

Australian of the Year Awards 2014 Announced!

25 January 2014

Role model, youth advocate and footballer Adam Goodes has been named Australian of the Year 2014 at the Australian of the Year Awards held this evening in Canberra. The Prime Minister, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, presented Adam with the Australian of the Year 2014 award in front of a large crowd gathered on the lawns outside Parliament House.

Australian of the Year 2013, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, gives her valedictory speech

25 January 2014

Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Australian of the Year 2013, gave her valedictory speech today at a luncheon hosted by major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards, the Commonwealth Bank. Find out what she had to say.

Happenings in the lead up to Australia Day and the announcement of the Australians of the Year 2014

13 January 2014

Australia Day is not far away and it's guaranteed to inspire a range of reactions. What’s to celebrate? What needs improvement? However you choose to mark the day - it is a day for all Australians! It also means that we will soon find out who our Australians of the Year for 2014 are. There are some interesting things happening in the days leading to Australia Day - here are just a few.

A year in the life of Francis Owusu, ACT Local Hero 2013

23 December 2013

We recently heard from Francis Owusu about his experience being awarded the ACT Local Hero for 2013. Francis established Kulture Break in 2002, a Canberra based charity which engages young people in a safe, active and productive environment using the fine arts as a form of expression that empowers and transforms individuals.

NSW Australian of the Year Awards 2014 Recipients Announced!

18 November 2013

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has congratulated the 2014 NSW Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney this evening.

Queensland Australian of the Year Awards 2014 recipients announced

13 November 2013

The Premier of Queensland, Campbell Newman has congratulated the 2014 Queensland Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane this evening.

SA Australian of the Year Awards 2014 Recipients Announced!

12 November 2013

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia, and the Honourable Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, have congratulated the South Australia’s Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at Adelaide Oval this evening.

WA Australian of the Year Recipients Announced

9 November 2013

His Excellency Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, Governor of Western Australia, has congratulated the 2014 Western Australia’s Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at Government House this afternoon.