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This exhibition paid tribute to the 8 extraordinary state and territory recipients of the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards, including national winner Michelle Simmons.

2018 Australian of the Year Awards was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 15 December 2017 to 18 February 2018.

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Meet the Australians nominated for senior, young and local hero awards.


A graphic depicting four glass trophies
2018 Australian of the Year Awards trophies. Photo: Australian National University

A special trophy is given to each state and territory recipient across the 4 Australian of the Year Award categories.

For 2018 a new design was commissioned as part of a special partnership between the National Australia Day Council and the Australian National University.

Produced by the ANU School of Art and Design, the glass was cast in moulds created using 3-D printing technology, then handworked and polished.

The multifaceted design represents the many elements that shape Australian society, embodying a nation that is confident in its leadership, contemporary in its outlook and distinguished by its diverse community.

The brilliant blue colour symbolises the Australian sky, under which we are united, and the splashes of colour identify the category for which the trophy is awarded. Red for Australian of the Year, green for Senior Australian of the Year, yellow for Young Australian of the Year and blue for Australia’s Local Hero.



The 2018 Australian of the Year exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images courtesy National Australia Day Council.

Logos representing supporters of the Australian of the Year Awards 2018

This exhibition was also on show at:

  • Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, Queensland, 11 August to 6 October 2018
  • Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre, Victoria, 9 June to 4 August 2018
  • State Library of SA, South Australia, 23 March to 3 June 2018
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