Date/Deadline: 22 Jul, 2022

The 2023 Australian of the Year Award nominations are now open! Any amazing Australian can be nominated. Nominations for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero are open all year round.


– Australian of the Year
The Australian of the Year category celebrates the achievements and contributions of inspiring Australian citizens who are role models for us all.

– Senior Australian of the Year
Recognising those Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and make a difference.

– Young Australian of the Year
Celebrating inspiring 16 to 30 year olds who have accomplished great things in all walks of life.

– Australia’s Local Hero
Established in 1999, Australia’s Local Hero acknowledges people making a difference in their local community.

Eligibility Criteria
– Nominees must be Australian citizens
– Awards will not be granted posthumously
– Self nominations will not be accepted
– Nominees must be at least 16 years of age on 26 January of the Awards year
– Sitting state and federal politicians and current vice-regal officers are not eligible
– Retired politicians and vice-regal officers will be considered for work undertaken in addition to their official duties
– At the national level, a person cannot receive a second award in the same award category but can be considered for recognition in a separate category in following years. For example, Young Australian of the Year and then Australian of the Year
– Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years
– Individuals can be nominated in only one state or territory, for example, a person who has recently moved interstate will be eligible for consideration in only one location. Selection panels may choose to contact the nominee for them to determine which jurisdiction is most appropriate
– Groups of people or couples will not normally be eligible though in exceptional cases, the selection panels reserve the right to consider such nominations
– Current members of the NADC Board and state-based Australia Day Board are not eligible
– Absolutely NO weight is given to the number of times a person is nominated.

– Entries for 2022 close on 31 July 2022 at midnight AEST
– The entry deadline date and time is final
– Entries submitted after this deadline will automatically be entered into next year’s Awards – we’re always open!

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