Australian of the Year 2019: the finalists line up

The National Australia Day Council has announced all the state and territory award recipients who are in the running for the 2019 Australian of the Year awards.

The awards will be presented in Canberra on the evening of Friday, January 25, 2019.

There are 33 people vying for the four award titles:

  • 2019 Australian of the Year
  • 2019 Senior Australian of the Year
  • 2019 Young Australian of the Year
  • 2019 Australia’s Local Hero

National Australia Day Council chief executive Karlie Brand said the national finalists reflected the many heart-warming and inspirational stories in our nation.

"The Australian of the Year awards allow us to showcase ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities, achieving recognition on a national scale and influencing change for the better," Ms Brand said.

“This year, we have some truly amazing people among our national finalists – some who are household names, some who quietly go about helping others and some who have overcome great challenges.

“They are all so very worthy of our admiration and our recognition – they are all great Australians.”

Learn more about the winners, state by state:

The national finalists for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards are:

2019 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Tasmania – Bernadette Black

Western Australia – Dr Craig Challen SC OAM

NSW – Kurt Fearnley AO

South Australia – Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

ACT – Virginia Haussegger AM

Northern Territory – Michael Long

Queensland – Jon Rouse

Victoria – Mark Sullivan

2019 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Queensland – James Dale AO

South Australia – Reginald Dodd

Victoria – Alison Harcourt

Northern Territory – Charlie King OAM

NSW – Heather Lee OAM

Western Australia – Frank Mallard

ACT – Dr Sue Packer AM

Tasmania – Sally Wise

2019 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Northern Territory – Danzal Baker

Queensland – Angel Dixon

South Australia – Eleni Glouftsis

Victoria – Dr Skye Kinder

Western Australia – Noelle Martin

Tasmania – Kirby Medcraft

ACT – Hanna Wandel

NSW – Jarrod Wheatley

2019 AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO  

Queensland – Elijah Buol

Northern Territory – Tick and Kate Everett

Western Australia – Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker

Victoria – Carol Matthews

South Australia – Megan McLoughlin

Tasmania – Vicki Purnell

NSW – Sophie Smith

 ACT – David Williams

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards and details of all state and territory recipients visit australianoftheyear.org.au.