Who will be our four 2018 Australians of the year?
The National Australia Day Council has announced the State and Territory Award recipients who are in the running for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards.
The Australian of the Year Awards will be presented at Parliament House in Canberra on the evening of 25 January 2018.
There are 32 people vying for the four Award titles:
- 2018 Australian of the Year
- 2018 Senior Australian of the Year
- 2018 Young Australian of the Year
- 2018 Australia’s Local Hero.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Jenny Barbour, said the State and Territory recipients were inspiring people representing the many facets of Australian society.
"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Ms Barbour.
“The 32 State and Territory recipients are all deserving of our thanks and our admiration. They represent what makes our nation great. From these amazing people, we will draw our next four Australians of the Year.”
The 32 State and Territory recipients for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards are:
2018 Australian of the year - state and territory recipients
Professor David David AC - Craniofacial surgeon (SA)
Dion Devow - Entrepreneur and community leader (ACT)
Samuel Johnson OAM - Actor and fundraiser for cancer research (VIC)
Scott Rankin - Theatre director, writer and arts charity leader (TAS)
Dr Bo Reményi - Paediatric cardiologist (NT)
Professor Michelle Simmons - Professor in quantum physics (NSW)
Johnathan Thurston - Indigenous mentor and NRL player (QLD)
Dr Tracy Westerman - Psychologist (WA)
2018 Senior Australian of the year - state and territory recipients
Dr Dimity Dornan AO - Hearing health specialist and bionics advocate (QLD)
Dr Graham Farquhar AO - Prize-winning biophysicist (ACT)
Kathy Guthadjaka - Educator and pioneering academic (NT)
Dr Catherine Hamlin AC - Pioneering surgeon (NSW)
Kathleen Mazzella OAM - Women’s health champion (WA)
Tony Scherer – Organic farmer (TAS)
Barbara Spriggs - Passionate campaigner to prevent abuse of aged care patients (SA)
Professor Paul Zimmet AO - Scientist and diabetes specialist (VIC)
2018 Young Australian of the year - state and territory recipients
Macinley Butson - Scientist and inventor (NSW)
Zack Bryers - Youth and outreach worker (ACT)
Kyran Dixon - Role model for Indigenous youth (SA)
Kevin Kadirgamar - Refugee and migration lawyer (NT)
Samantha Kerr - Sportsperson (WA)
Dr Jessica Manuela - Dentist helping Indigenous communities (TAS)
Georgie Stone - Campaigner for transgender youth (VIC)
Phillip Thompson - Veterans’ champion (QLD)
2018 Australia's Local Hero - state and territory recipients
Judi Adams - Breast cancer fundraiser (TAS)
Mat Bowtell - Engineer and prosthetic limb innovator (VIC)
Andrew Cosi Costello - Charity founder and community champion (SA)
Bettina Danganbarr - Anti-domestic violence campaigner (NT)
Cr Peter Lyndon-James - Addiction treatment specialist (WA)
Pip Russell - Children’s entertainer and innovator (QLD)
Suzanne Tunks - Dedicated supporter and fundraiser for sick kids (ACT)
Eddie Woo - Mathematics teacher (NSW)
Commonwealth Bank has sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for over 30 years. Chief Executive Officer, Ian Narev, said it was a privilege to hear the stories of the 32 State and Territory recipients.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards and details of all State and Territory recipients see www.australianoftheyear.org.au
The 2018 Australian of the Year Awards will be broadcast live 7:30pm - 9:00pm AEDT on ABC TV.
9 January 2018.