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Nominations are now open

1 July 2008

Nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2009 are now open.

Who makes you proud to be Australian? Is it your next door neighbour, your teacher or someone you have admired from afar?

Anyone can be an Australian of the Year, but first they have to be nominated. Just think, if the person you nominate receives the Australian of the Year Award, you will have helped create history. Your nomination could mean the world to someone you admire.

There are four categories in which you can nominate:

Nominating is a great way to acknowledge the hard work of many Australians contributing to our community. You can nominate someone who is inspiring, someone who has done something no one else has done before, or someone helping people.

"Last year we received more than 3000 nominations for people from all walks of life," Shelley Reys, Acting Chair of the National Australia Day Council Board said.

"I encourage all Australians to think about who they would like to see acknowledged as Australian of the Year in January - this is your chance to have a say."

To nominate an Australian who makes you proud, pick up a form from major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank, your local Qantas Club or Holiday Inn, or nominate online at www.australianoftheyear.org.au.

Nominations close 31 August 2008.

State and territory award winners will be announced in November, with the four national award recipients announced on 25 January 2009.

Two television commercials will be aired on Channel Nine, Imparja, WIN and Sky television throughout the nomination period. You can view these by following these links to YouTube:

30 second commercial - http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MaKaNi1HjBM 
15 second commercial - http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=jzgRnC0WjWs