State & Territory Recipients

2019 QLD Australian of the Year

Mr Jon Rouse
Since 1996, Detective Inspector Rouse has undertaken the heart-breaking yet vital work of investigating crimes against children. Jon implemented the Australian National Victim Image Library to assist police to identify victims. His dedication and hard work has rescued many children from the most horrendous situations throughout Australia and the world.

2019 QLD Senior Australian of the Year

Professor James Dale
Scientist, researcher and humanitarian Professor James Dale has led significant research in agricultural biotechnology and is founder of Australia’s first molecular farming company, Farmacule Bioindustries. His ground-breaking work includes modifying bananas to treat Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries and creating strains of disease-resistant bananas to protect Queensland’s banana crops.

2019 QLD Young Australian of the Year

Ms Angel Dixon
The first agency signed model with a physical impairment to feature in a national television campaign, Angel Dixon challenges Australians’ perceptions of disability. She is a passionate activist for disability inclusion. She is a blogger, speaker, advocacy manager for not-for-profit, Starting With Julius, CEO of the Attitude Foundation and designer of an upcoming range of walking canes.

2019 QLD Local Hero

Mr Elijah Buol
Since arriving as an unaccompanied minor from South Sudan, Elijah Buol – a Criminologist, former refugee, father of four and Director of Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland – has been a tireless advocated for the young and disadvantaged. His advocacy work was instrumental in removing children under 18 from adult prisons in Queensland.

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1 June 2018

Nominations close midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018

2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons elected as Royal Society Fellow

10 May 2018

2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons FRS, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), the world’s oldest independent scientific academy.

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