Regard will be given to the nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to the receipt of the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Australian community and nation.
Demonstrated excellence in their field
Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
An inspirational role model for the Australian community
The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level.
Selection panels will also give consideration to the following in assessing and comparing nominations against the above criteria.
Personal, academic and professional achievements
Contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others)
Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
Personal interests and community involvement
Contribution to the Australian community and nation
Contribution to development of regional community and/or economy
Future goals and likely impact
Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
Country of residence
Previous awards and recognition
Voluntary work beyond paid employment
Nature and length of activity or service
Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
Availability and commitment to promote national pride and active citizenship though the year of the recipient's appointment.
In ensuring that the Australian of the Year Awards recipients are representative of our diverse nation consideration will be given to:
Withdrawal of an Award
The selection of recipients and finalists reflects the nominations received and information available to the selection panel at the time. The NADC reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipient's conduct draws the Australian of the Year Awards in disrepute.