Honour roll

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

Australian of the Year


2013 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Graeme Wood AM

State: Queensland

Conservationist and philanthropist

Graeme Wood created the concept for, and co-founded, Wotif.com revolutionising the travel industry in Australia. The Global Mail's sole founding philanthropist, Graeme is heavily involved in a range of philanthropic endeavours in the arts, the environment, youth development and medical science. A passionate environmentalist, in 2008 he founded Wild Mob, a not-for-profit, non-political environmental charity. Wild Mob provides student volunteers with the opportunity to undertake scientist-led conservation projects in spectacular wilderness destinations. Graeme’s donation helped establish the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, which tackles some of the world’s toughest challenges, including population growth, climate change and resource depletion. Equally passionate about the transformative power of the arts, Graeme founded the not-for-profit Artolgy. Its flagship program, WotOpera, enables high school students to work with industry professionals to create their own mini-operas. The program unlocks the teenagers’ innate creativity, boosts their school performance, and builds pathways to higher education. Describing himself as a working class kid from Rockhampton, Graeme has also given $6 million to the University of Queensland to fund research into teenage drug and alcohol abuse.