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About the award

Celebrating the achievement and contribution of eminent Australian citizens.

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Recognising those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and make a difference.

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Celebrating inspiring 16 to 30 year olds who have accomplished great things in all walks of life.

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Established in 1999, Australia’s Local Hero acknowledges people making a difference in their local community.

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About the award

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Since 1960 our nation has celebrated the achievement and contribution of eminent citizens through the Australian of the Year Awards. The awards profile leading Australians who
are role models for us all.

The Australian of the Year
Awards is proudly
supported by the
Commonwealth
Bank.

Q & A

Q:What do a media icon and an immunologist have in common?

A:Both were honoured as Australian of the Year in the same decade.

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Media icon
Ita Buttrose AO OBE

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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine
Sir Macfarlane Burnet OM AK KBE

A media icon who champions better health

Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Media icon
Australian of the Year 2013

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About the award

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The Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and contribute. The award commenced in the International Year of Older Persons in 1999.

The Senior Australian of the Year category is proudly supported
by the Department of
Health and Ageing.

Q & A

Q:What do a professor and a cook have in common?

A:Both are remarkable Australians honoured as Senior Australian of the Year.

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Palliative care specialist
Professor Ian Maddocks AM

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Cook and restaurateur
Maggie Beer

A medical pioneer embracing the human spirit

Professor Ian Maddocks AM
Palliative care specialist
Senior Australian of the Year 2013

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About the award

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The Young Australian of the Year Award recognises those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians. The Young Australian of the Year has been awarded since 1979.

The Young Australian of
the Year category is
proudly supported
by the Australian
Youth Forum.

Q & A

Q:What do an anti-polio campaigner and a sailor have in common?

A:Both are outstanding Australians honoured as Young Australian of the Year.

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Mentor
Akram Azimi

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Sailor
Jessica Watson

A young refuge inspiring change

Akram Azimi
Mentor
Young Australian of the Year 2013

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Other Young Australian of the Year recipients

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The Local Hero Award was introduced into the Australian of the Year Awards in 2003. It acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.

Australia´s Local Hero is
proudly supported by
the Department of
Immigration and
Citizenship.

Q & A

Q:What do a foster mother from Cowra and a community leader from Redfern have in common?

A:Both have been honoured as Australia´s Local Hero.

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Indigenous leader
Shane Phillips

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Foster mother
Lynne Sawyers

A community leader who puts people first

Shane Phillips
Indigenous leader
Australia's Local Hero 2013

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Process

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Nominate

Anyone can nominate a fellow Australian (16+ years) for the Australian of the Year Awards 2014. It just needs to be someone you believe deserves to be recognised for the work they do. When nominating keep in mind the selection criteria. You will receive confirmation of your nomination within 10 days of submitting. Nominations close midnight Friday 2 August 2013.

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Assessment

All nominations are delivered to their relevant state/territory for shortlisting. An independent panel based in each state and territory select four finalists in each of the four award categories. 128 finalists are acknowledged as state and territory finalists. All nominees that do not progress will receive a certificate acknowledging their nomination.

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State & Territory presentation

During November, presentation ceremonies are held around the country announcing the state and territory recipients from each of the four categories. These 32 award recipients become national finalists and from this group the Board of the National Australia Day Council select the national award recipients.

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National presentation

On 25 January, the Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero for 2014 are announced at a ceremony held on the lawns of Parliament House and broadcast live on ABC 1.

One nomination is all it takes

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