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5 July 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the Australian of the Year Awards 2013. 

The National Australia Day Council is once again calling on the public to shine a light on extraordinary Australians in our communities to find the next Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

The public can nominate any fellow Australian whose achievements or contributions they admire until 31 August 2012.  

Nominations can be made online at or via a nomination form available from any branch of major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193 for more information.

At a launch event in Melbourne today, NADC Chair Adam Gilchrist AM was joined by previous award recipients including Marita Cheng (Young Australian of the Year 2012), Professor Patrick McGorry AO (Australian of the Year 2010), Tania Major (Young Australian of the Year 2007), Dr Fiona Wood AM (Australian of the Year 2005) and Professor Fiona Stanley AC (Australian of the Year 2003) to encourage all Australians to submit a nomination and have a say in who should be honoured in the 2013 Awards.

"This year, we again call on the Australian community to submit nominations for the people whose achievements they find inspiring, who they identify with as an Australian and who they feel are the true heroes in their community," said Mr Gilchrist.

"Who do you want to see recognised with an Australian of the Year award next January? Now is the time to have your say by nominating that person."

Australian of the Year 2010, Professor Patrick McGorry AO, said the Australian of the Year Award was a great honour but, more importantly, gave recipients a genuine opportunity to contribute further.

"It isn't just an award, but a way forward," said Professor McGorry.

"It's great to nominate someone who not only has made a difference but will also make an even bigger difference in the future."

Dr Fiona Wood AM, Australian of the Year 2005, believes nominations are a way to share the stories of people and communities which often go unnoticed.

"Nominating for the Australian of the Year Awards is a way of telling good news stories to inspire and motivate us all to contribute to building an Australia we can all be proud of," she said.

Nomination forms are now available in every Commonwealth Bank branch around Australia.

Mr Ross McEwan, Group Executive, Retail Banking Services of the Commonwealth Bank, which has been the major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years, said nominating was a simple act which could have a powerful impact.

"Nominating for the awards is something which every Australian can do to show their appreciation and admiration for someone in their community whose work might otherwise go unnoticed," said Mr McEwan.

"Whether a nomination results in someone feeling proud and appreciated for what they've done or being recognised as a finalist or award recipient, it's equally important."

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or to submit a nomination go to

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