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NOMINATE NOW FOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012
The search for the next Australian of the Year Award recipients has begun, with nominations for the prestigious honours declared open today by the Prime Minister.
At a launch in Canberra, the Prime Minister was joined by National Australia Day Council Chair Adam Gilchrist AM, Australian of the Year Simon McKeon and Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson.
Mr McKeon encouraged all Australians to submit a nomination for someone whose achievements or contributions they admire.
"It's such a great honour to be nominated, let alone to be named Australian of the Year and without someone nominating me, I would not have this opportunity," said Mr McKeon.
"Nominating is a simple act but one which can make a huge impact - you really can help find the next Australian of the Year. Public nominations are the only way in which people can be considered for the awards, so why not nominate the person you admire, so they can be acknowledged."
Australians can submit nominations in four award categories:
• Australian of the Year
• Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over)
• Young Australian of the Year (16-30 years)
• Australia’s Local Hero
Nominations can be made online at www.australianoftheyear.org.au or by completing a nomination form available from any branch of major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations close at midnight on 31 August 2011.
Jessica Watson said she hoped more people would nominate young Australians in the awards this year.
"There are so many 16-30 year old Australians doing extraordinary things, taking a leadership role and actively contributing to our country and I hope that their efforts will be recognised through nominations this year," said Ms Watson.
"That means young people have to nominate each other as well - we need to recognise our fellow young Australians and show the world the great things we are all capable of. Nominating for Young Australian
of the Year is one way we can showcase young Australians' achievements."
As the major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years, the Commonwealth Bank is determined to recognise the outstanding contribution of those in our community doing amazing things.
"Each year, we witness the great generosity of Australians in times of considerable need, such as the recent floods, and it is programs like the Australian of the Year Awards that give us all the opportunity to recognise the efforts and achievements of Australians that provide so much inspiration and support to our community,” said Ralph Norris, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank.
"The Commonwealth Bank is also very proud to be working with several finalists from the 2011 awards, supporting the valuable work they're doing in our communities, and we look forward to working with even more award finalists during 2012."
Nominations are open until August 31, 2011