Queensland’s Young Australian of the Year for 2014 brings The Rescue Movement to NSW
Now 22 years old, Jordyn Archer, 2014 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, is bringing her fundraising concerts, The Rescue Movement to NSW. Over the past six years, Jordyn’s fundraising concerts have raised over $30,000 for Destiny Rescue, an Australian charity which frees young girls from sex-trafficking and provides them with a home, skills training and a fresh start to life.
Vale Laurie Baymarrwangga
The National Australia Day Council was saddened to hear of the passing of Senior Australian of the Year 2012, Laurie Baymarrwangga, aged 98.
Time running out to nominate for the 2015 Awards
The Australian of the Year Awards is a great opportunity to say thank you to the many people in our communities doing great things, many of whom are unsung heroes. It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the awards and it's easy to nominate someone - you simply tell us why you find them inspiring and what they've done. If you haven't submitted a nomination for someone you think should be in the running for the awards, you only have until 1 August.
Get involved with the Great Book Swap
Queensland Local Hero for 2014, Suzy Wilson, established the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), which works to raise literacy levels and provides books and literacy resources to remote communities across Australia. Like so many people who are recognised in our Awards program, Suzy's passion for her work is never ending and to raise funds the ILF is running The Great Book Swap challenge.
Nominations open for Australian of the Year Awards 2015
One nomination is all it takes - Nominations now open for Australian of the Year Awards 2015 Nominate now at australianoftheyear.org.au Nominations close 1 August 2014
Trophy design submissions sought for Australian of the Year Awards
The National Australia Day Council is inviting Expressions of Interest to design and produce the trophies presented for the Australian of the Year Awards.
Vale Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE
The National Australia Day Council was today saddened to hear of the passing of Australian of the Year 1966, Sir John 'Jack' Brabham.
We Want Recognition
Australian of the Year 2014 Adam Goodes today joined forces with Senior Australian of the Year 2014 Fred Chaney AO and NSW Local Hero 2014 Rev Graham Long, to show support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
NSW Local Hero helps celebrate 50 years of The Wayside Chapel
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
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.