Who will you nominate for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards?

Posted 10 June 2020 9:00am

Drought, fires, flooding rains and COVID-19 have challenged our nation recently – now it’s time to celebrate the people who make Australia a better place, to thank those doing good things in our community and recognise those achieving greatness.

Many everyday Australians have made extraordinary contributions during the unprecedented challenges our nation has faced this year.  Who are the individuals you’ve been inspired by or who have made you proud in the past year? Who inspires you to reflect, respect and celebrate what it means to be Australian?

Nominations for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards are currently open and it’s time for you to nominate someone you admire for the titles of Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

Nominating is easy and can be done online at australianoftheyear.org.au.

Nominations will close at midnight 31 July 2020.

National Australia Day Council CEO Ms Karlie Brand said nominating someone for the Awards helped share the many stories of inspiration among us.

“There are always so many people doing amazing things in our country,” said Ms Brand.

“This year, perhaps more than any other since the awards began in 1960, we’ve seen Australians overcome many adversities, help each other in times of crisis and carry out acts of bravery, leadership and kindness on a daily basis.

“It only takes one nomination for someone to be considered for the awards, but a nomination must be submitted for a person in order for them to be in the running. No matter how well known someone may be, a public nomination must be submitted before they can be considered for the awards.

“Help us find our nation’s most inspiring people for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards – nominate someone now.”

Nominations must be:

  • Individuals (groups of people are not eligible)
  • A living person (unfortunately posthumous awards cannot be granted)
  • Australian citizens
  • Aged 16-30 for Young Australian of the Year
  • Aged 65 and over for Senior Australian of the Year

Consider the selection criteria when nominating a person for the Australian of the Year Awards.

The selection criteria include:

  • Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
  • An inspirational role model for the Australian community
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field
  • The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level

If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 for the cost of a local call. TIS National operates nationally and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for over 160 languages and dialects

Nominate by 31 July 2020.

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