FINALISTS FOR 2017 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Awards to be announced 25 January 2017
The finalists for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards have now been announced.
The finalists for the 2017 Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero have been drawn from nominations submitted by the public and recognised as State and Territory Award recipients, with the final round of State Awards announced in Brisbane last night.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Chris Kirby, said the 32 national finalists across four Award categories include educators, community volunteers, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and humanitarians.
“The finalists for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards are a diverse group of people, reflecting the many ways in which people are contributing to improving our nation every day,” said Mr Kirby.
“They come from country towns, from remote communities, from our suburbs and our city centres – they inspire us with their achievements, their commitment and with the difference they make to our community.
“From this extraordinary group of people will come our next Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.”
The 2017 Australian of the Year Awards will be announced on 25 January 2017 in Canberra.
The national finalists for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards are:
2017 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR - FINALISTS
Alan Tongue, NRL champion turned youth mentor and educator – ACT
Andrea Mason, Indigenous leader and business woman of the year (2016) – NT
Andrew Forrest, Businessman, philanthropist and anti-slavery advocate – WA
Deng Adut, Child soldier turned successful Lawyer – NSW
Kate Swaffer, Author and advocate for living beyond dementia – SA
Paris Aristotle AM, Refugee, torture and trauma rehabilitation advocate – VIC
Rosalie Martin, Speech pathologist working to rehabilitate people in the Justice System – TAS
Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries – QLD
2017 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR - FINALISTS
Abdullahi Alim, Social innovator – WA
Arthur Alla, Reconciliation champion – NSW
Bridie Duggan, Healthy living advocate – NT
Heidi Prowse, Cystic Fibrosis champion – ACT
Jason Ball, Diversity and inclusion champion – VIC
Mitch McPherson, Suicide prevention leader – TAS
Paul Vasileff, Fashion designer – SA
Taj Pabari, Inventor and social entrepreneur – QLD
2017 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR - FINALISTS
Dick Telford, Sports scientist and coach – ACT
Dr John Knight AM, Doctor and altruist – NSW
Lois Peeler OAM, Indigenous educator – VIC
Margaret Steadman, Sustainable living advocate – TAS
Patricia Buckskin, Educator – SA
Peter Kenyon, Social entrepreneur – WA
Professor Perry Bartlett FAA, Neuroscientist – QLD
Sister Anne Gardiner AM, Community champion – NT
2017 AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO - FINALISTS
Anthony Edler, Youth worker – TAS
Josephine Peter, Volunteer – NSW
June Oscar AO, Community and social wellbeing campaigner – WA
Reginald George Heading, Agriculturist – SA
Stasia Dabrowski OAM, Soup kitchen volunteer – ACT
Tejinder pal Singh, Food van founder – NT
Vicki Jellie, Community fundraiser – VIC
Yasmin Khan, Diversity champion – QLD
Commonwealth Bank has proudly sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for 37 years. Chief Executive Officer, Ian Narev, said it was an honour to acknowledge the finalists.
“Commonwealth Bank congratulates all the State and Territory Award recipients on becoming national finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards,” said Mr Narev.
“We are delighted to celebrate their achievements and we wish them all the best for the National Awards in January.”
The announcement of the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards will be held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday 25 January 2017.
The Awards announcement will be broadcast live on ABC TV, iview and Local Radio from 7:30pm AEDT.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit the Honour Roll.