Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.
The Australian of the Year Awards provides all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who makes them proud.
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the 2017 awards, and in particular, the 16 finalists and 4 award recipients who were honoured at an awards ceremony. The 4 recipients became national finalists and moved on to Canberra on Australia Day Eve for the national announcement. You can see all the photos from the event on our Australia Day in South Australia Facebook page.
It’s easy to nominate now for the 2018 Awards, just complete the online nomination form at australianoftheyear.org.au. It may be someone in your own family, maybe a friend, work colleague, or even someone you’ve never met but who you admire and find inspiring - either way your nomination could mean the world to them.
State Finalists for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards for South Australia
2017 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
State Finalist: Kate Swaffer- Dementia advocate
Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Zita Ngor - Community advocate
Alan Reid AM - Educator
Dr Phil Tideman - Cardiologist
2017 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
State Finalist: Patricia Buckskin PSM - Educator
Senior Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Nouha Jaber - Community volunteer
Vilmos Milisits OAM - Businessman and philanthropist
Mary Safe - Cycling safety champion
2017 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
State Finalist: Paul Vasileff - Fashion designer
Young Australian of the Year (SA) Finalists:
Mathew D'Onofrio - Health and safety entreprenuer
William Russell - Anti-bully crusader
Amy Rust- Champion for homeless women
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO 2017
State Finalist: Reginald George Heading - Agriculturalist
Local Hero (SA) Finalists
Caz Bosch - Volunteer
Linda Fisk - Women prisoners advocate
Sarah Powell - Rural community champion
The Australian of the Year Awards are proudly presented in South Australia by the Australia Day Council of South Australia in partnership with Brand South Australia