Women Dominate Finalists for Australian of the Year Awards 2015
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
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