Australian of the Year Awards – Nominate now!

Australian of the Year 2018 Professor Michelle Simmons

Nominations have opened for the Australian of the Year Awards, 2019 across four categories including Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero. Nominations are open until midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018.

The National Australia Day council annually seeks nominations from all over the country for everyday people who are great at what they do.

They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes who contribute to Australian society and inspire those around them.

The current Australian of the Year is Professor Michelle Simmons. At the forefront of what she calls the “space race of the computing era”, Michelle aims to build a quantum computer able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years.

Such a discovery has the potential to revolutionise drug design, weather forecasting, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and more. An advocate for Australian scientific research and a role model to young scientists everywhere, Michelle actively encourages all students – girls and boys – to dream big, challenge themselves and to achieve ambitious goals in science.

To nominate, visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193.

Once nominations close, finalists from each State and Territory will be announced later in 2018 and the National Awards will be announced on the evening of 25 January 2019 in Canberra.