Honour roll

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

Young Australian of the Year


2020 TAS Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Madeline Wells

State: Tasmania

First Nations advocate, protector and defender

Growing up in Tasmania, Madeline Wells was confronted with negative stereotypes about what it means to be Aboriginal. She was inspired to confront these by the influential male and female elders in her community, who created transforming social movements.

Madeline is a passionate human-rights advocate – especially for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in smaller local communities. She has been actively involved in campaigns addressing domestic violence, climate justice and incarceration.

Named 2013's Tasmanian Aboriginal Student of the Year, she was chosen to represent Australia in China at the 2014 APEC Youth Skills Summer Camp. She currently works at Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, where she has volunteered for the past five years, and has been a community producer with social change organisation, Bighart.

In 2016, she was chosen to attend the 2019 Amnesty International Australia UN Youth Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, in Geneva. Despite health issues, she is an active and inspirational leader.


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