2016 State Nominee Australian of the Year

Anna Brown

Human rights lawyer and equality advocate

An unsung hero in the fight to advance equality, Anna Brown’s fingerprints are on almost every recent legal and political win for Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT...

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Nominate now for 60th Australian of the Year Awards

6 June 2019

January 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards, honouring and celebrating great Australians from all walks of life. You can help find the 2020 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero in this significant anniversary year, simply by nominating someone you admire at australianofthyear.org.au by 31 July 2019.

2019 Australian of the Year Awards announced

25 January 2019

8:30pm, Canberra: Cave-diving medics who helped save a boys’ soccer team in Thailand, parents fighting childhood bullying after the loss of their daughter, a paediatrician advocating for the prevention of child abuse and a musician inspiring indigenous youth while keeping Yolngu Matha language alive through rap have been announced as the 2019 Australians of the Year.

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For #IMHAW19, we reflect on the work of 2019 Senior #ausoftheyear. Starting her career as a paediatrician in 1972,… https://t.co/D5Ep9QPagF

14 June 2019 a 3:52pm

#TBT In 1960, Sir Macfarlane Burnet received the first #ausoftheyear Award for his work in Medicine. Now in 2020, i… https://t.co/aLxtgZVeKE

13 June 2019 a 3:40pm

From a high school maths teacher to an international phenomenon, every hero starts somewhere. Do you know an extrao… https://t.co/QX4k1E8sHz

12 June 2019 a 1:41pm

In 1990, Ian Kiernan established the first @Clean_Up Australia Day, igniting a global call to action for our planet… https://t.co/F1k67W2xXU

6 June 2019 a 4:37pm