Nominations are now open for the 2022 Australian of the Year Awards and the Australia Day Council of South Australia wants your help to ensure the state's best continue to receive recognition.
Chief executive officer of the Australia Day Council of South Australia Jan Chorley said they were looking for people who contributed to Australian society and inspired those around them.
Those nominated could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names, or people who go about their volunteering or work and are everyday heroes.
"We all know a person within the community that deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contributions, these contributions can make an impact on the day-to-day lives of everyday South Australians or across our nation or globally," she said.
"The Australian of the Year Awards provides all of us with the opportunity to nominate and it only takes a few minutes out of your day to acknowledge someone who has given so much.
"We are asking you to let us know who you believe has demonstrated courage, sacrifice and kindness, for the greater good of all. To nominate, they do not need to know you, as long as you know of them through their achievements."
The Australian of the Year Awards comprises four categories:
- Australian of the Year
- Senior Australian of the Year
- Young Australian of the Year
- Australia's Local Hero
Selection criteria when nominating a person for the Australian of the Year Awards to be considered includes:
- Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
- An inspirational role model for the Australian community
- Demonstrated excellence in their field
- The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level
The 2021 Young Australian of the Year, South Australian Isobel Marshall, encapsulates what the award is about and has achieved great things locally with the added benefit of a global impact.
At just 18 years of age, she co-founded TABOO with school friend Eloise Hall, to help women around the world by breaking down the stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.
"The recognition of this award has truly changed my life and helped us to reach so many more goals with TABOO," she said.
"It's helped our message to reach so many more ears and ultimately raise more funds to the partners and charities we support."
It only takes one nomination for someone to be considered for the Australian of the Year Awards.
Nominations close at midnight on Saturday, July 31, and will only take minutes to complete.
Visit australianoftheyear.org.au and follow the prompts to nominate.