Australian of the Year

Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons
Professor in quantum physics

Senior Australian of the Year

Dr Graham Farquhar AO
Prize winning biophysicist

Young Australian of the Year

Samantha Kerr
Sportsperson

Local Hero

Eddie Woo
Mathematics teacher

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2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS ANNOUNCED

25 January 2018

The Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, presented the four Australian of the Year Award recipients with trophies at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra this evening.

WHO WILL BE OUR FOUR 2018 AUSTRALIANS OF THE YEAR?

9 January 2018

The National Australia Day Council has announced the State and Territory Award recipients who are in the running for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards, which will be presented at Parliament House in Canberra on the evening of 25 January 2018.

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6 February 2018 a 2:42pm

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30 January 2018 a 4:25pm

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