Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards and you have an important role to play in the search for our nation's finest.
The Awards program relies on the public to submit nominations for people deserving of recognition, so have your say on who should be considered for the 2018 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero.
Nominate online at australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193 for assistance in submitting your nomination. Nominations close midnight on Sunday 6 August 2017.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Chris Kirby, said it only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be submitted.
'Nominating is quick and easy, so play your part in the search for Australians doing remarkable work, helping others and making a difference," said Mr Kirby.
'The person you nominate could be the next Australian of the Year, so nominating is a really important and powerful thing to do – you can have a big impact on someone's life."
2017 Australian of the Year, Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, said nominating someone for the Australian of the Year Awards is a way to give our nation's best the recognition they deserve.
'While I never set out to be Australian of the Year, the Award has given me the opportunity to bring attention to the importance of science in our world," said Emeritus Professor Mackay-Sim, who was honoured for his lifetime of dedicated research and international leadership which has led to ground breaking advances in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
'A simple nomination from someone who knew of my stem cell research work has resulted in an enormous honour.
'Knowing the difference it can make, I encourage everyone to submit a nomination for someone whose contributions or achievements should be recognised."
Approximately 3,000 individuals are nominated for the Awards each year, with 128 of these extraordinary Australians recognised as State and Territory finalists. Those selected as State and Territory Award recipients go on to be finalists for the national Awards which will be announced on 25 January 2018 in Canberra.
The Commonwealth Bank is proud to have a long-standing partnership with the Australian of the Year Awards.
General Manager of Brand, Sponsorship & Marketing Services, Stuart Tucker, said nominating someone for the Awards was an ideal way to say thanks to friends and colleagues for their efforts and contributions.
'Nominating someone for the Australian of the Year Awards is something everyone can do and it's a great way to recognise people who often are very humble but make a very big difference to Australian society," said Mr Tucker.
How the Awards process works:
Members of the public submit nominations for the Awards – a nomination must be submitted for an individual before they can be considered for the Awards
Approximately 3,000 individuals are nominated in the Australian of the Year Awards each year
Once nominations close at midnight Sunday, 6 August 2017, they will be sorted into the four Award categories in each State and Territory
Up to four finalists are selected in each category, from which Award recipients in each State and Territory are announced in late 2017 (it's these people who then go on to be considered for the national Awards)
The national Awards are decided by the Board of the National Australia Day Council and are announced on January 25, 2018
Nominees must be Australian citizens
Nominees must be at least 16 years of age
Nominees for Senior Australian of the Year must be 65 years and over
Nominees for Young Australian of the Year must be 16 to 30 years
You can't nominate yourself
Who can nominate:
Anyone can nominate some for the Australian of the Year Awards.
The Awards judging criteria considers:
Demonstrated excellence in their field
Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
An inspirational role model for the Australian community
The Local Hero Award acknowledges a significant contribution at a local community level
For more information on the Awards process, visit http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/the-awards/criteria/