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 2017 state and territory finalists.
Senior Australian of the Year
Rewarding Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and contribute.
Dick Telford, sports scientist and coach, Australian Capital Territory
Dr John Knight AM, doctor and altruist, New South Wales
Sister Anne Gardiner AM, community champion, Northern Territory
Professor Perry F Bartlett FAA, neuroscientist, Queensland
Patricia Buckskin, educator, South Australia
Margaret Steadman, sustainable living advocate, Tasmania
Lois Peeler AM, Indigenous educator, Victoria
Peter Kenyon, social entrepreneur, Western Australia
Young Australian of the Year
Profiling exceptional young Australians aged 16 to 30.
Heidi Prowse, cystic fibrosis champion, Australian Capital Territory
Arthur Alla, reconciliation champion, New South Wales
Bridie Duggan, healthy living advocate, Northern Territory
Taj Pabari, inventor and social entrepreneur, Queensland
Paul Vasileff, fashion designer, South Australia
Mitch McPherson, suicide prevention leader, Tasmania
Jason Ball, diversity and inclusion champion, Victoria
Abdullahi Alim. Social innovator, Western Australia
Australia’s Local Hero
Acknowledging extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.
Stasia Dabrowski OAM, soup kitchen volunteer, Australian Capital Territory
Josephine Peter, volunteer, New South Wales
Tejinder pal Singh, food van founder, Northern Territory
Yasmin Khan, diversity champion, Queensland
Reginald George Heading, agriculturalist, South Australia
Anthony Edler, youth worker, Tasmania
Vicki Jellie, community fundraiser, Victoria
June Oscar AO, community and social wellbeing campaigner, 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.