Honour roll

Past Award Nominees and Recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2016 ACT Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Hon Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC

State: Australian Capital Territory

Sustainable agriculture advocate

While his career has included distinguished military service and five years as Australia’s Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery believes his biggest challenge is to restore our degraded landscape. Passionate about regenerative agriculture practices, Michael chairs a number of boards and as the National Advocate for Soil Health has raised public awareness of the critical role healthy soil plays in underpinning sustainable productivity. In 2000, Michael established Future Directions International, a research institute tasked with examining long-term issues facing Australia, from water and food security to the economic development of the nation’s north. Awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry during his military career, Michael is as community-minded as he is brave. As Patron of the School Volunteer Program, Michael encourages adults to mentor the next generation of Australians. He also chairs the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia. By helping to raise $30 million, the Trust has contributed substantially to eliminating preventable blindness throughout the Commonwealth and Australia’s Indigenous communities.