Nominate Queensland’s next Australian of the Year

australian of the year awards logoNominations are now open for Queenslanders to be recognised and celebrated in the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards.

Nominations are in four categories—Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero.

Queensland’s 2022 Australian of the Year Award recipients will be announced in November and go on to represent the State at the national ceremony on the eve of Australia Day 2022.

The Awards are also an opportunity to shine a light on an underrepresented issue or sector, with previous recipients using the platform to further educate Australians and steer important national conversations.

Queensland’s 2021 Australian of the Year was Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM for his advocacy to help people with disabilities. Dr Palipana became the first quadriplegic medical graduate and medical intern in Queensland, and was recently admitted as a lawyer.

Aunty McRose Elu was recognised as Queensland’s 2021 Senior Australian of the Year for her unwavering vision to bring about change to better the lives of children and families. Aunty McRose is committed to reconciliation and sharing the traditional practices of her people.

Daniel Clarke and William Clarke were Queensland’s 2021 Young Australians of the Year for their conservation work and education about endangered orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra.

Founder and Director of Drought Angels, Natasha Johnston, was awarded Queensland’s 2021 Local Hero for her dedication to support thousands of drought-stricken farming families across Queensland and New South Wales.

The 2022 nominations close on Saturday 31 July 2021.

For more information and to make a nomination, visit

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