Frequently Asked Questions
- How does the Awards process work?
- When do nominations open and close?
- Who is eligible to be nominated?
- Who can nominate?
- How do I nominate?
- Do I have to know the person I nominate?
- Who should I use as a referee?
- What is supporting documentation?
- What are some tips I can use for my nomination?
- How can I check if my nomination has been received?
- Who is eligible to enter the Young Australian and Senior Australian of the Year Awards?
- What are the selection criteria for nominees?
- If someone has previously received an Award, can they be nominated again?
- If I nominate someone and they do not receive an Award, can I nominate them the following year?
- How are the recipients selected?
- Can I attend the Awards presentation in January?
- How long have the Awards been running?
- Who has received the Awards previously?
Australians are invited to nominate someone who makes them proud.
Nominations are short-listed in their relevant state or territory.
An expert selection panel selects the state/territory finalists and recipients in each Award category.
State and territory finalists and recipients are announced at functions in November.
State and territory recipients become the national finalists and proceed to the national level of judging.
The National Australia Day Council Board selects the national recipients in each Award category.
National recipients are announced on Australia Day eve in Canberra.
Nominations for the 2016 Awards are now open and will close on 3 August 2015.
Any Australian citizen aged 16 years or over as at 26 January 2016.
Any Australian citizen can nominate.
No. You can nominate a friend, family member, community leader, colleague or even someone well-known - absolutely anyone, as long as they are an Australian citizen.
Ideal referees are people who can personally comment on the achievement and service of the person nominated. We suggest you ask the referee before you identify them as a referee for your nominee.
If you are nominating someone well-known or someone you do not personally know, you may find it difficult to think of someone to suggest as a referee. If this is the case it is not mandatory that you provide a referee's name.
Supporting documentation can include (but is not limited to):
If you are nominating online, you can attach supporting documentation to the form. If you nominate using a nomination form and need to provide additional information, please clearly state your reference number on all supporting documentation when you send it to the National Australia Day Council.
If you are nominating online, send supporting documentation to:
Australian of the Year Awards
National Australia Day Council
Old Parliament House
King George Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600
All documentation will be retained by the National Australia Day Council.
Click here for some tips on nominating.
Once your nomination is received, you will be sent a letter thanking you for participating in the program and explaining the Awards process. This letter will contain a reference number for your nomination. If you do not receive a letter contact the National Australia Day Council on 1300 655 193.
For Young Australian of the Year, any Australian citizen between the ages of 16 to 30 is eligible. For Senior Australian of the Year, any Australian citizen aged 65 and over is eligible (ages are at 26 January 2016).
Selection criteria can be found here.
At the national level a person cannot receive a second award in the same Awards category, but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years eg. Young Australian of the Year and then Australian of the Year.
At the state/territory level a person can be awarded the same award in subsequent years unless they have received the award at the national level.
Yes, you can nominate them as many times as you like.
Finalists and recipients at the state/territory level are selected by an expert selection panel comprising representatives of the state/territory Australia Day organisation, National Australia Day Council and Award sponsors.
State and territory recipients then become finalists for the national award. The national recipients in each category are selected by the Board of the National Australia Day Council.
Yes. The Awards will be presented on 25 January, on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra, and will be open to the public. Further details will be available closer to the date.
The Australian of the Year Awards commenced in 1960, with the inaugural Award recipient being Sir MacFarlane Burnet OM AK KBE, a winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine. The Young Australian of the Year Award was added in 1979, Senior Australian Award in 1999, and the Local Hero Award in 2003.
The list of former award recipients is a "who's who" of Australian achievers. For a full detailed list, click here.