Know an Australian worthy of attention? Nominate now for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards

Posted 4 June 2015 7:54am

Australians are again being asked to tell the National Australia Day Council who they think is worthy of attention as nominations open for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards.

Nominations for the four Award categories are now being accepted:

  • Australian of the Year
  • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over)
  • Young Australian of the Year (16-30 years)
  • Australia’s Local Hero

Nominations for all Australian of the Year Award categories can be made online at or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations will close on

Monday 3 August 2015.

National Australia Day Council Chairman, Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, said nominating someone for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards is quick and easy to do.

“Nominating is as simple as providing the name of someone you would like to see recognised and why they should be considered for the Awards,” said Ben.

“By submitting a nomination for someone you find inspiring and worthy of our attention, you can help recognise Australians doing great things in the community locally, nationally and globally.”

Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, said being nominated for the Awards was unexpected and a very humbling experience.

“When I was told I had been nominated for the Australian of the Year Awards I was very surprised and a little embarrassed, but it also gave me a lot of strength because I realised the nomination was a show of support,” said Rosie.

“Nominating me was really about showing support for the issue I represented – someone wanted to bring attention to the message I was communicating and to the issue of family violence.

“That nomination has been a powerful thing – it has helped bring about change and I’m so grateful for that support.”

Rosie was nominated by Canberra woman Christine Evans, who had never met Rosie but was moved by her strength and character in tragic circumstances. 

“I’ve watched the Awards announcement over many years and I’ve always admired the people who are recognised by the Awards,” said Christine.

“When Rosie came to public attention, I was really inspired by her and how she was coming through her own tragedy with a consciousness of helping others and bringing awareness and understanding to this really important issue in our society – I was so struck by her story, I simply had to nominate her for the Awards.”

Principal Partner, Commonwealth Bank, has supported the Australian of the Year Awards for 36 years celebrating the many outstanding people in our community.

“We’re very proud of our long term partnership with the Australian of the Year Awards. The Awards recognise people who have been nominated by their peers for their exemplary work and commitment to make Australia even better,” said Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank.

The National Australia Day Council receives thousands of nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards each year.

From these public nominations, finalists in each of the four Award categories are selected from each State and Territory, recognising 128 people around the nation.

State and Territory Awards events are held in October and November, where a recipient is announced in each category.

These 32 State and Territory Award recipients then become the National Finalists for the Australian of the Year Awards which are announced in January each year.

Nominate at by 3 August 2015.

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