Each year, the Australian of the Year Awards honour an exceptional group of highly respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.
Senior Australian of the Year
Recognising Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and make a difference.
Banduk Marika AM, artist, cultural activist and environmental advisor, Northern Territory
Peter Dornan AM, men’s health advocate, Queensland
Sue Lennox, environmental educator, New South Wales
Sylvia McMillan, volunteer, South Australia
Sue Salthouse, leader and disability advocate, Australian Capital Territory
Dr Graeme Stevenson, Landcare activist, Tasmania
Dr Raymond Shuey APM, road safety champion, Victoria
Professor John Newnham AM, obstetrician, Western Australia
Young Australian of the Year
Celebrating inspiring 16 to 30 year olds who have accomplished great things.
Taya Davies, youth worker and volunteer, Victoria
Corey Tutt, Indigenous mentor and fundraiser, New South Wales
Madeline Diamond, sustainability advocate, Australian Capital Territory
Zibeon Fielding, runner, cyclist and fundraiser, South Australia
Will Smith, social justice activist, Tasmania
Yarlalu Thomas, medical student, Western Australia
Ashleigh Barty, Professional tennis player, Queensland
Australia’s Local Hero
Acknowledging people making a difference in their local community.
Adjunct Assistant Professor Nick Marshall, founder of Albatross Nippers, Queensland
Julia Rollings, foster carer, Australian Capital Territory
Bernie Shakeshaft, founder of BackTrack Youth Works, New South Wales
Shirleen Campbell, family and domestic violence activist, Northern Territory
Emmah Money, cystic fibrosis ambassador, South Australia
Thomas Windsor, men’s health advocate, Tasmania
Josephine Jones, environmental and litter prevention advocate, Victoria
Suzy Urbaniak, science educator, Western Australia
How are the winners chosen?
The awards operate in several stages. They start at the community level, with nominations being invited from the public. State and territory selection panels choose finalists in each of the four award categories, announced from October to November each year.
The final stage is when the board of the National Australia Day Council chooses the national recipients, announced on the eve of Australia Day each year.
A special trophy is given to each recipient across the four Australian of the Year Award categories.
The trophies are designed and produced by staff and students of the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University.
This exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council. Portrait images supplied by the National Australia Day Council.