Australian of the Year

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Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards. 

Australians of the Year inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.

To see the 2017 national finalists and nominate an eminent Australian for 2018, visit the Australian of the Year website. 

Australian Honours

Honours help define, encourage and reinforce national aspirations, ideals and standards by identifying role models.

Honours are given to recognise, celebrate and say thank you to those who:

  • make a difference
  • achieve their best
  • serve others.

To view the Australian Honours List and Order of Australia Award recipients, visit the It's An Honour website.

Tour of Honour

Since 2010, NSW has supported a ‘Tour of Honour’ for NSW or national recipients of the Australian of the Year award. The tour brings recipients of the nation’s most respected honour with school students and community members around NSW and provides an opportunity to promote the Australian of the Year Awards program.

The 2017 Tour of Honour took NSW recipients Deng Adut (NSW Australian of the Year), Dr John Knight AM (Senior), Arthur Alla (Young) and Josephine Peter (Local Hero) to Broken Hill. A videographer travelled with the team to capture the experience.

The 2016 Tour of Honour took NSW recipients Elizabeth Broderick (Australian of the Year), Professor Gordian Fulde (Senior), Melissa Abu-Gazaleh (Young) and Dr Catherine Keenan (Local Hero) to the North Coast of NSW for three days. A videographer travelled with the team to capture the experience.

NSW Citizen of the Year Awards

The Australia Day Council of NSW provides all NSW communities with certificates for the award recipients of:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Australia Day Award.

Each council has their own award guidelines and nomination process. For more information on nominating your local Citizen of the Year, contact your local Council.

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