Australian of the Year

Dr James Muecke AM
Eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer

Senior Australian of the Year

Professor John Newnham AM
Leader of modern obstetrics

Young Australian of the Year

Ashleigh Barty
Professional tennis player

Local Hero

Bernie Shakeshaft
Founder of BackTrack Youth Works Program

Where is it next?

Learn about the objects of personal significance from the 2020 Award recipients

Award Recipients

Learn about some of the remarkable Australians recognised by the Awards in previous years.

Tips for Nominating

Give your nominee the best chance of recognition in the Awards and follow these simple tips.

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2020 Australian of the Year Awards Announced

28 January 2020

An eye surgeon working to prevent blindness, an obstetrician leading the world in the prevention of pre-term birth, the world’s No.1 ranked women’s tennis player and an advocate for disadvantaged rural youth are the 2020 Australians of the Year.

2020 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS FINALISTS - 32 GREAT AUSSIES VYING FOR NATIONAL HONOURS

13 November 2019

The everyday people in the running for the 60th Anniversary Australian of the Year Awards have now been announced by the National Australia Day Council.

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