Key Dates

June – July

The National Australia Day Council calls on all individuals, groups and organisations to nominate an Australian who makes them proud for the Australian of the Year Awards.

Following your nomination, you will be sent confirmation that it was received, together with a reference number for future correspondence. It is important you provide us with current and correct details to ensure we can keep you up to date throughout the year with how your nomination is progressing.

September - October

Once the nomination period closes, all the nominations are sorted into and delivered to their relevant state/territory. An expert selection panel in each state and territory will select four finalists in the four award categories. One hundred and twenty eight Australians (16 in each state/territory) will be acknowledged for their contribution to our nation.

If your nominee is successful in becoming a state or territory finalist you will be notified either by email.


State and territory award recipients are announced at gala functions around the country. These 32 award recipients become the national finalists and proceed to the national level of judging.


The National Australia Day Council Board selects the national award recipients in each of the four award categories.

January 25

The Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero will be announced to the nation from Canberra on the eve of Australia Day.