Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.
The Awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.
The Australian of the Year Awards provides everyone with the opportunity to recognise any Australian who makes them proud. The four Australian of the Year categories are:
- Australian of the Year
- Senior Australian of the Year (those aged 65 years or over)
- Young Australian of the Year (ages 16 to 30)
- Australia's Local Hero
The Awards operate at two levels - State/Territory and national. State and Territory selection committees select four nominees for each Award category, with one of these nominees being announced as the State/Territory Award recipient. The National Australia Day Council Board select the Australians of the Year from the group of 32 State and Territory recipients. Follow the links for more information on the selection criteria and how recipients are chosen.
The prestigious year round program culminates in the announcement of the national Award recipients in Canberra on Australia Day Eve.
The Australian of the Year Awards is a program of the National Australia Day Council.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards, read about the history of how recipients are chosen.