News Archive

Time running out to nominate for the 2015 Awards

24 July 2014

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

24 June 2014

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

11 June 2014

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

26 May 2014

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

19 May 2014

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

13 May 2014

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

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.