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Last chance to nominate inspiring Aussies for top awards

29 August 2010

There are just days left to have your say on who should be the Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero for 2011 as nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards will close at midnight on Tuesday 31 August 2010.

The National Australia Day Council relies solely on nominations submitted by the public in its annual search for award recipients and more than 1600 nominations have been submitted so far this year.

The National Australia Day Council’s Tam Johnston encouraged people to nominate those they admire or whose contributions they find inspiring at all levels of the community.

“Nominations have been coming in from all over the country for people from all walks of life,” said Ms Johnston.

“So now is the time to have your say on who should be named Australian of the Year next January.

“There are many quiet achievers in our communities who make a difference every day.

“Even if you think someone is well known for their achievements, it’s best not to assume they’ve already been nominated, and I encourage you to submit a nomination of your own.

“You don’t need to know the nominee personally, you just need to be able to tell us how they’ve inspired you and why they’re worthy of such an award.”

Nominating is simple.  You can nominate online at or complete a form available at any branch of the program’s major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193 for more information. 

“Nominating someone who makes extraordinary contributions to your community is a great way to say thanks to those who do so much,” said Ralph Norris, Chief Executive Officer of major sponsor, Commonwealth Bank.

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