State & Territory Recipients

2019 WA Australian of the Year

Mr Craig Challen SC OAM
In June 2018, cave diver Craig Challen was about to go on holiday, when he was asked to help on a rescue mission in Thailand. Craig helped rescue a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach from flooded Thailand caves, receiving the Star of Courage for his selfless bravery.

2019 WA Senior Australian of the Year

Mr Frank Mallard
Ex-serviceman and Yamatji elder, Frank Mallard, is a proud ambassador for the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women, Chairperson Voice of the Voiceless Ministry, and an active volunteer for Ellenbrook RSL. In 2018, he received Ellenbrook’s Citizen and Senior Citizen of the Year awards.

2019 WA Young Australian of the Year

Ms Noelle Martin
After discovering that sexual predators had stolen social media photos of her and edited them onto pornographic images, Noelle Martin bravely spoke out about her experience – despite the abuse escalating after she shared her experience publicly. Her activism has led to new laws that criminalise image-based sexual abuse across Australia.

2019 WA Local Hero

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
In 2015, Wadjuk traditional owner, ex-state and Women’s National Basketball League player Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, launched the basketball lifestyle program Kaat, Koort and Hoops – an after-school program for five to 14-year-old children. By 2018, 250 children had participated, learning basketball and improving their social, physical and emotional wellbeing.

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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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