State & Territory
Nominees Announced

2019 NSW Australian of the Year

Mr Kurt Fearnley AO
Representing Australia over a 20-year wheelchair-racing career, Kurt Fearnley AO has captured the hearts of the nation. Winning thirteen medals across five Paralympic games, Kurt now champions the rights of people with disability and advocates for greater access into communities and workplaces. Kurt’s determination and success are an inspiration.

2019 NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Ms Heather Lee OAM
At 92, Heather Lee is an unstoppable Australian. Taking up elite competition in her eighties, Heather currently holds eight Australian, and five world, records in race-walking for her age group. Remarkably, Heather is one of the few people who walks the full 24 hours of the Hawkesbury Relay for Life.

2019 NSW Young Australian of the Year

Mr Jarrod Wheatley
As founder of two innovative, not-for-profit organisations, Jarrod Wheatley is creating positive change in the community. Professional Individualised Care works to improve the well-being of children in care. Meanwhile, Street Art Murals Australia helps solve the graffiti problem, by connecting street artists with paying clients, to create commissioned murals.

2019 NSW Local Hero

Ms Sophie Smith
After losing their prematurely-born triplets in 2007, Sophie and her husband Ash formed a running team ‘Running for Premature Babies’ to fundraise for life-saving neonatal equipment. Since then, the team has become a charitable foundation, raising over $3 million to give premature babies a better chance of survival and directly benefitting over 5000 premature babies and their families so far.

2016 State Nominee Australian of the Year

Anna Brown

Human rights lawyer and equality advocate

An unsung hero in the fight to advance equality, Anna Brown’s fingerprints are on almost every recent legal and political win for Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT...

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1 June 2018

Nominations close midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018

2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons elected as Royal Society Fellow

10 May 2018

2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons FRS, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), the world’s oldest independent scientific academy.

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