Each year, the Australian of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions of outstanding Australians across four categories (including Australian of the Year). The following are the 2016 state and territory finalists.
Senior Australian of the Year
Rewarding Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and contribute.
Professor Greg Tegart AM FTSE, scientist and technology advocate, Australian Capital Territory
Professor Gordian Fulde, doctor, New South Wales
Bob Shewring, repatriation campaigner, Northern Territory
Tim Fairfax AC, philanthropist, Queensland
Monica Oliphant AO, scientist, South Australia
Professor Ian Allison AO AAM, glaciologist, Tasmania
Jack Charles, Indigenous elder and role model, Victoria
Graham Edwards AM, veterans' advocate, Western Australia
Young Australian of the Year
Profiling exceptional young Australians aged 16 to 30.
Nipuni Wijewickrema, social entrepreneur, Australian Capital Territory
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, youth advocate, New South Wales
Benjamin Masters, musician and impresario, Northern Territory
Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, social entrepreneurs, Queensland
Arman Abrahimzadeh, domestic violence campaigner, South Australia
Zac Lockhart, mental health advocate, Tasmania
Robert Gillies, social enterprise founder, Victoria
Catherine Hughes, immunisation champion, Western Australia
Australia’s Local Hero
Acknowledging extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.
Peter Cursley, newborn care champion, Australian Capital Territory
Dr Catherine Keenan, youth educator, New South Wales
David Taylor, homeless mentor and arts advocate, Northern Territory
Michael Ross, land rights activist, Queensland
Claire Foord, stillbirth educator, South Australia
Raymond Arnold, artist and entrepreneur, Tasmania
Rebecca Scott, social entrepreneur, Victoria
Dr Stephen Langford, flying doctor, 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.