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 2018 state and territory finalists.
Senior Australian of the Year
Rewarding Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and contribute.
Dr Graham Farquhar AO, prize-winning biophysicist, Australian Capital Territory
Dr Catherine Hamlin AC, pioneering surgeon, New South Wales
Kathy Guthadjaka, educator and pioneering academic, Northern Territory
Dr Dimity Dornan AO, hearing health specialist and bionics advocate, Queensland
Barbara Spriggs, campaigner to prevent abuse of aged care patients, South Australia
Tony Scherer, organic farmer, Tasmania
Professor Paul Zimmet AO, scientist and diabetes specialist, Victoria
Kathleen Mazzella OAM, women's health champion, Western Australia
Young Australian of the Year
Profiling exceptional young Australians aged 16 to 30.
Zack Bryers, youth and outreach worker, Australian Capital Territory
Macinley Butson, scientist and inventor, New South Wales
Kevin Kadirgamar, refugee and migration lawyer, Northern Territory
Phillip Thompson, veterans' champion, Queensland
Kyran Dixon, role model for Indigenous youth, South Australia
Dr Jessica Manuela, dentist helping Indigenous communities, Tasmania
Georgie Stone, campaigner for transgender youth, Victoria
Samantha Kerr, sportsperson. Western Australia
Australia’s Local Hero
Acknowledging extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.
Suzanne Tunks, supporter and fundraiser for sick children, Australian Capital Territory
Eddie Woo, mathematics teacher, New South Wales
Bettina Danganbarr, anti-domestic violence campaigner, Northern Territory
Pip Russell, children's entertainer and innovator, Queensland
Andrew Costello, charity founder and community champion, South Australia
Judi Adams, breast cancer fundraiser, Tasmania
Mat Bowtell, engineer and prosthetic limb innovator, Victoria
Peter Lyndon-James, addiction treatment specialist, 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.