Criteria

In choosing the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, regard is given to the nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Australian community and nation.

An individual need only be nominated once to be considered. The number of nominations received per nominee bears no weight in their selection.

The selection criteria are:

  • Demonstrated excellence in their field
  • Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
  • An inspirational role model for the Australian community
  • The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level

Selection panels will also give consideration to the following in assessing and comparing nominations against the above criteria:

  • Personal, academic and professional achievements
  • Contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others)
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • Personal interests and community involvement
  • Contribution to development of regional community and/or economy
  • Future goals and likely impact
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • Country of residence
  • Previous awards and recognition
  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment
  • Nature and length of activity or service
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
  • Availability and commitment to promote national pride and active citizenship though the year of the recipient's appointment

In ensuring that the Australian of the Year Awards recipients are representative of our diverse nation consideration may be given to:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Remote, regional, city locations (particularly in relation to the Local Hero Award)
  • Ethnicity
  • Field of endeavour

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously
  • Self nominations will not be accepted
  • Nominees must be at least 16 years of age on 26 January of the Awards year.
  • Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible
  • Retired politicians and vice-regal officers will be considered for work undertaken in addition to their official duties
  • At the national level a person cannot receive a second award in the same award category, but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years, for example Young Australian of the Year and then Australian of the Year
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years
  • Individuals can be nominated in only one state or territory, for example a person who has recently moved interstate will be eligible for consideration in only one location. Selection panels may choose to contact the nominee for them to determine which jurisdiction is most appropriate
  • Groups of people or couples will not normally be eligible though in exceptional cases the selection panels reserve the right to consider such nominations
  • Current members of the NADC Board are not eligible
  • Absolutely NO weight is given to the number of times a person is nominated

Category Eligibility

  • All nominees will be considered for the Australian of the Year Award
  • Nominees aged 16 to 30 years will also be considered for the Young Australian of the Year Award
  • Nominees aged 60 years and over will also be considered for the Senior Australian of the Year Award
  • All nominees will be considered for Australia’s Local Hero Award
  • Ages are as at 26 January of the Awards year.