Award Categories

There are four award categories:

Australian of the Year

Since 1960 our nation has celebrated the achievement and contribution of eminent citizens through the Australian of the Year Awards. The awards profile leading Australians who are role models for us all.

The Australian of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank.

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Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over)

The Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and contribute. The award commenced in the International Year of Older Persons in 1999.

The Senior Australian of the Year Award is sponsored by the Department of Social Services. 

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Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years)

The Young Australian of the Year Award recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians. The Young Australian of the Year has been awarded since 1979.

The Young Australian of the Year Award is sponsored by the Australian Youth Forum, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education.  

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Australia's Local Hero

The Local Hero Award was introduced into the Australian of the Year Awards in 2003. It acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.

The Local Hero Award is sponsored by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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