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Australia Day Address

January 26 is a time to celebrate and reflect on our national spirit, and the Australia Day Address serves to focus our attention on what that means to all of us. Since 1997 the Address has drawn on distinguished members from within the community to express their unique perspective on our nation’s identity and the diversity of our society.

Each year the speaker is encouraged to share their experiences and reflect upon our history and our future, securing the Address as one of the most important Australia Day initiatives.

Eminent speakers from past years include Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Associate Professor Charlie Teo AM and Kurt Fearnely OAM.

2017 speaker

Esteemed physicist Professor Michelle SimmonsOne of Australia’s leading scientists, Professor Michelle Simmons, will deliver this year’s Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on January 24. The event starts at 12:40pm AEDT.  

Professor Simmons is an esteemed physicist specialising in quantum physics. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her achievements, including the Australian Academy of Science’s Pawsey (2006) and Lyle (2015) Medals, the US Foresight Institute’s Feynman Prize (2015) and was recently named the 2017 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences.

Learn more about Professor Michelle Simmons

Watch, listen to and read the 2017 Address

Live web streaming

The Address will be streamed LIVE from 12:40pm on:


The Address:

  • will be broadcast LIVE and in FULL from 12:40pm on Australia’s Public Affairs Channel (Foxtel channel 648) 
  • highlights and key moments will be broadcast on SKY NEWS LIVE (Foxtel channel 601)


The Address will be broadcast LIVE and in FULL on Thursday 26 January at midday AEDT on ABC Radio National (tune into 576 AM in Sydney or find frequency)


A transcript of the Address will be made available on this website after the event. 

Past speakers

Watch or read Australia Day Addresses by speakers from past years:

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