Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year


2020 TAS Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Grace Williams

State: Tasmania

Filmmaker, law student and human rights advocate

University of Tasmania Law, Economics, Politics and Philosophy student and filmmaker, Grace Williams, understands the power of storytelling in educating people about human rights. An emigrant to Tasmania from Ghana, Grace is passionate about human rights law and practice.

In 2018, with fellow UTAS students Alex Rylah and Tim Cooper, Grace documented the human rights experiences of 10 Tasmanians, creating the powerful documentary Citizen. The documentary helps people understand the impact that human rights violation has on individuals.

Grace was an active member of Launceston's Migrant Resource Centre Youth Advisory Group and has developed workshops to help newly arrived migrants integrate into Australian communities. She was awarded a junior fellowship to attend the 6degrees conference in Toronto, an event which explores inclusion and citizenship. She also used a $2,000 associate grant to help deliver animal-assisted therapy to Tasmanian communities.

Grace's insight, motivation and passion are infectious. She inspires the community to take a more compassionate and courageous response to others.


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