Know a great Aussie? Nominations now open for 2017 awards

Just what makes an amazing Aussie? That’s the question being asked right now, with nominations open for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.

There are four categories: Australian of the Year, Senior of the Year (65 years and over), Young Australian (16 – 30 years), and Australia’s Local Hero.

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, encouraged the public to get involved and nominate people who are worthy of attention.


“It’s the public who know the people doing great things in our communities,” Mr Roberts-Smith said.

“The Awards recognise 128 people nationally each year – people from diverse backgrounds around the nation who contribute in many different ways,” he added.

“They’re volunteers, charity founders, advocates for those in need, people who’ve overcome their own challenges to help others, pioneers who’ve made a difference, young people looking to create a brighter future and achievers with a sense of community. Most of all, they are one of us.

“It only takes one nomination for an individual to be in the running for the Awards, but they must be nominated. Don’t assume someone may have been nominated already – if we don’t receive a nomination for someone, we can’t consider them for the Awards.”

You can find out more about the awards and who’s eligible here. Nominations can be made at the awards’ website until midnight 7 August 2016.