Posted 14 June 2013 1:29pm

The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is calling for public nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2014.

At a launch event in Canberra today, NADC Chair Adam Gilchrist encouraged all Australians to submit a nomination for a fellow Australian whose contributions or achievements they admire and would like to see recognised.

"One nomination is all it takes for an individual to be considered for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year or Australia's Local Hero," said Mr Gilchrist. 

"The awards offer an opportunity to say thank you to someone whose contributions you appreciate or to recognise someone you consider inspiring.

"Everyone has an opinion on who should be given the awards, but unless an eligible nomination is submitted for an individual, they can't be considered for the honour - so it's up to you to submit a nomination and tell us who you want to see in the running for the awards.

"Nominating is very simple and, by taking just a few moments to complete a nomination, you can help find the next Australian of the Year."

Nominations are being sought in the four award categories:

- Australian of the Year;

- Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over);

- Young Australian of the Year (16-30 years);

- Australia's Local Hero.

Nominations can be made online at or call 1300 655 193 for more information. 


Nominations will close on Friday 2 August 2013.

Australian of the Year 2013, Ita Buttrose, spoke at the event supporting the call for nominations to find the next award recipients.

Ms Buttrose said meeting her fellow award finalists for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero in January reinforced the importance of the awards.

“It reminded me just how many extraordinary people we have in Australia making a difference in the community. I think it’s important to recognise the achievements of everyday people, many of whom are very humble about what they do,” Ms Buttrose said. 

"Many of the finalists had stories of achievement that none of us would have been aware of unless they had been brought to national attention through the awards. I like the way the awards shine a spotlight on these remarkable quiet achievers.”

The Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years.  Chief Executive Officer Mr Ian Narev said the Commonwealth Bank is proud of its long association with the Awards which are a reflection of Australian society.

"Each year we see the very best of Australia reflected in the nominations received from around the nation," said Mr Narev. 

"The diversity of achievements, the stories of selfless contribution and the impact everyday people are having on their communities and on a broader scale are always inspiring."

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