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Nominations are open for 2022 Australian of the Year awards

If you know of someone who is an ‘unsung hero’ who works tirelessly for the betterment of society or in their chosen field, nominate them for the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards, but hurry nominations close on July 31, 2021

The awards rely on the public to submit nominations for people who should be recognised each year and nominations close at midnight (AEST) this Saturday.

Nominating is simple and can be done online at

There are four award categories:

Australian of the Year

Senior Australian of the Year

Young Australian of the Year

Australia’s Local Hero

National Australia Day Council CEO Ms Karlie Brand said it only takes one nomination for someone to be considered for the awards.

“One nomination is all it takes to ensure the person you find inspiring is in the running for the Australian of the Year Awards,” Ms Brand said.

“We rely solely on members of the public to nominate people for the awards, so you really do have a very important say in who you think should be recognised.

“Your nomination could find the 2022 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

“Each year when we announce the award recipients, there are people out there in the community who submitted a nomination which put things in motion – it’s a very powerful thing to nominate someone.”

While submitting a nomination is very easy to do, there are some useful tips available here:

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