Frequently Asked Questions

 

How does the Awards process work?

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.

When do nominations open and close?

Nominations for the 2015 Awards are now open and will close on 1 August 2014.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

Any Australian citizen aged 16 years or over as at 26 January 2015.

Who can nominate?

Any Australian citizen can nominate.

How do I nominate?

To nominate, you simply need to complete a nomination form. You can fill out the online form or call us on 1300 655 193.

Do I have to know the person I 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.

Who should I use as a referee?

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.

What is supporting documentation?

Supporting documentation can include (but is not limited to):

Personal references
Portfolios
Resumes
Newspaper articles
Websites
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.

What are some tips I can use for my nomination?

Click here for some tips on nominating.

How can I check if my nomination has been received?

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 this letter within 10 working days, contact the National Australia Day Council on 1300 655 193.

Who is eligible to enter the Young Australian and Senior Australian of the Year Awards?

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 60 and over is eligible (ages are at 26 January 2015).

What are the selection criteria for nominees?

Selection criteria can be found here.

If someone has previously received an Award, can they be nominated again?

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.

If I nominate someone and they do not receive an Award, can I nominate them the following year?

Yes, you can nominate them as many times as you like.

How are the recipients selected?

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.

Can I attend the Awards presentation in January?

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.

How long have the Awards been running?

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.

Who has received the Awards previously?

The list of former award recipients is a "who's who" of Australian achievers. For a full detailed list, click here.