Women Dominate Finalists for Australian of the Year Awards 2015

Posted 16 November 2014 6:17pm

The extraordinary group of inspiring Australians in the running for the Australian of the Year Awards 2015 is now finalised, with all State & Territory Award recipients announced at a series of events around Australia over the past three weeks.

State & Territory Award recipients in the four Award categories - Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero - are now national finalists for the Awards which will be announced in Canberra on 25 January 2015.

Six of the eight finalists for the 2015 Australian of the Year Award are women - the highest number of female finalists in the category since the State and Territory award process was introduced in 2003.  Of the 32 finalists across all four award categories, 17 are women.

"All the Australian of the Year Award national finalists are remarkable people making a real difference to our nation," said Jeremy Lasek, CEO of the National Australia Day Council.

"It's wonderful to see so many women among the finalists in all four Award categories and across the board it's great to recognise Australians whose strength of character, courage, achievements and vision are making Australia a better place.

"The national finalists represent the diversity of Australian society, with five finalists of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background and six finalists who were born overseas and emigrated to Australia.

"Their contributions and achievements are also widely varied - ranging across science, human and equal rights advocacy, community leadership, medicine, volunteering, breaking down barriers and setting new benchmarks - but they are all inspirational Australians.

"From this impressive group of 32 Australians will come our next Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero.

Those now in consideration for the national Awards are:

 

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 - FINALISTS

New South Wales - Deborra-lee Furness

Victoria - Rosie Batty

Queensland - Hetty Johnston AM

Western Australia - Professor Lyn Beazley AO

South Australia - Dr Gill Hicks MBE

Tasmania - Rodney Croome AM

Australian Capital Territory - Glenn Keys

Northern Territory - Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM

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SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 - FINALISTS

New South Wales - Jackie French

Victoria - Professor Sam Berkovic AC

Queensland - Fred Hyde AM

Western Australia - Graham Mabury OAM

South Australia - John Swan

Tasmania - Professor Henry Reynolds

Australian Capital Territory - Sandra Mahlberg

Northern Territory - Eddie Robertson

 

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2015 - FINALISTS

New South Wales - Genevieve Clay-Smith

Victoria - Thomas King

Queensland - Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Western Australia - Drisana Levitzke-Gray

South Australia - Kristin Carson

Tasmania - Adam Mostogl

Australian Capital Territory - Patrick Mills

Northern Territory - Chantal Ober

 

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO 2015 - FINALISTS

New South Wales - Kevin Robinson

Victoria - Louise Davidson

Queensland - Juliette Wright

Western Australia - Stacy Dunbar

South Australia - Vince Coulthard

Tasmania - Mary Kay

Australian Capital Territory - Damian De Marco

Northern Territory - Ray Palmer

 

The Commonwealth Bank is a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards.

“For more than 35 years, we have been pleased to support the Australian of the Year Awards - a national program that recognises outstanding individuals. Each year we are inspired by the calibre of recipients from each State and Territory. We congratulate all this year’s national finalists and wish them all the best for the Awards,” said Commonwealth Bank CEO, Ian Narev.

The announcement of the Australian of the Year Awards 2015 will be held on the lawns outside Parliament House in Canberra on Sunday 25 January 2015.

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au 

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