2020 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS FINALISTS - 32 GREAT AUSSIES VYING FOR NATIONAL HONOURS

Posted 13 November 2019 11:49am

Awards to be announced 25 January 2020

The everyday people in the running for the 60th Anniversary Australian of the Year Awards have now been announced by the National Australia Day Council.

Award recipients in each state and territory have been announced over the past month and are now in consideration for the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, to be presented at the National Arboretum in Canberra on the evening of Saturday 25 January 2020.

There are 32 people in contention for four award categories:

  • 2020 Australian of the Year
  • 2020 Senior Australian of the Year
  • 2020 Young Australian of the Year
  • 2020 Australia's Local Hero

National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Karlie Brand, said the national finalists represented the diversity of
Australia and the many ways in which people were achieving and contributing.

"The national finalists are an extraordinary group of people whose impact ranges from medical and scientific endeavours to volunteering, human rights advocacy, education, sustainability action and more," said Ms Brand.

"Their stories reflect our communities and the world in which we live, inspiring us and reminding us we can all make a difference.
"As this is the 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards, it is a particularly special year to be a finalist.

"We look forward to welcoming all the national finalists to Canberra in January and celebrating their achievements and the history of the Australian of the Year Awards."

The national finalists for the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards are:

2020 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
ACT Australian of the Year – Katrina Fanning
NSW Australian of the Year – Professor Munjed Al Muderis
NT Australian of the Year – Dr Geoffrey Thompson
Queensland Australian of the Year – Rachel Downie
SA Australian of the Year – Dr James Muecke AM
Tasmania Australian of the Year – Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
Victoria Australian of the Year – Archie Roach AM
WA Australian of the Year – Annie Fogarty AM

2020 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
ACT Senior Australian of the Year – Sue Salthouse
NSW Senior Australian of the Year – Sue Lennox
NT Senior Australian of the Year – Banduk Marika AO
Queensland Senior Australian of the Year – Peter Dornan AM
SA Senior Australian of the Year – Sylvia McMillan
Tasmania Senior Australian of the Year – Dr Graeme Stevenson
Victoria Senior Australian of the Year – Dr Raymond Shuey APM
WA Senior Australian of the Year – Professor John Newnham AM

2020 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
ACT Young Australian of the Year – Madeline Diamond
NSW Young Australian of the Year – Corey Tutt
NT Young Australian of the Year – Mitchell Ford
Queensland Young Australian of the Year – Ashleigh Barty
SA Young Australian of the Year – Zibeon Fielding
Tasmania Young Australian of the Year – Will Smith
Victoria Young Australian of the Year – Taya Davies
WA Young Australian of the Year – Yarlalu Thomas

2020 AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO
ACT Local Hero – Julia Rollings
NSW Local Hero – Bernie Shakeshaft
NT Local Hero – Shirleen Campbell
Queensland Local Hero – Adjunct Assistant Professor Nick Marshall
SA Local Hero – Emmah Evans
Tasmania Local Hero – Thomas Windsor
Victoria Local Hero – Josephine Jones
WA Local Hero – Suzy Urbaniak

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au.
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