Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2017 VIC Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Tarang Chawla

State: Victoria

Anti-domestic violence advocate

Following the brutal murder of his sister in 2015, Tarang Chawla has furthered the public understanding of violence against women. In a short time, he’s raised awareness of judicial shortcomings, policy failings and cultural attitudes that have led to male violence being a leading cause of death and disability for Australian women under 45. Tarang works with No To Violence, a family violence prevention association, to change men’s behaviour and is a board member of the Victorian Government’s Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council. Displaying a measured and articulate approach to a deeply sensitive issue, Tarang works with businesses, government, educators and the healthcare sector to improve their responses to gendered violence, perpetrator accountability and toxic masculinity.

As a lawyer, Tarang contributed to the work of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. As the founder of Justice for Nikita and ambassador for Our Watch, White Ribbon Safe Steps and InTouch, Tarang shares stories of victims of violence to humanise the people behind the statistics.