Australia Day Address
The 2023 Address was delivered by 2023 NSW Australian of the Year Local Hero Amar Singh on Friday, 20 January at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Western Sydney.
This annual event held in the lead-up to Australia Day provides everyday Australians a unique opportunity to hear from a prominent and inspirational individual as they speak passionately on matters they consider to be of national importance.
Mr Singh, founder of Turbans 4 Australia, delivered a powerful talk in which he detailed his experience of being a migrant to Australia and pushed for a more compassionate and tolerant society.
Watch the 2023 Australia Day Address
About Amar Singh
Amar Singh was named NSW Local Hero at the NSW 2023 Australian of the Year Awards in November.
He founded Turbans 4 Australia in 2015 in a bid to counter racism, foster multiculturalism and show Australians that the traditional beards and turbans of his Sikh faith were nothing to be afraid of.
Through his team of dedicated volunteers, Amar’s organisation helps Australians in need, and specialises in disaster aid and food relief.
Every week, Turbans 4 Australia packages and distributes up to 450 goods and grocery hampers to people experiencing food insecurity across Western Sydney.
The organisation has also delivered hay to farmers experiencing drought; supplies to flood victims in Lismore and bushfire-impacted people on the South Coast; and food hampers to the isolated and vulnerable during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Previous Address Speakers
Dr Daniel Nour, 2022 Young Australian of the Year, and a doctor founded Street Side Medics in 2020 which is run by volunteers and changed the lives of thousands of people, delivered the Address on Wednesday, 19 January 2022.
Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM (former NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner, and leader of Resilience NSW) delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Monday, 18 January 2021.
Grace Brennan, founder of the #buyfromthebush social media campaign, delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday, 21 January 2020.
Social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the Australia Day Address on 23 January 2019.
Internationally renowned high school mathematics teacher and internet sensation Eddie Woo delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday 23 January 2018.
Professor Michelle Y. Simmons delivered the Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Wednesday 24 January 2017. Watch the address or read the transcript below.
Deng Thiak Adut delivered the Australia Day Address, titled 'Freedom From Fear', on 21 January 2016.
Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG delivered the Australia Day Address on 23 January 2016 at the Conservatorium of Music, Sydney.
Ita Butrose AO OBE delivered the Australia Day Address at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday 21 January 2014.
Kurt Fearnley OAM delivered the Australia Day Address in 2013.
Associate Professor Charles Teo AM delivered the Australia Day Address in 2012.