Senior Australian of the Year 2019, Dr Suzanne Packer AM in her garden in Canberra.
Senior Australian of the Year 2019, Dr Suzanne Packer AM in her garden in Canberra. Tracey Johnstone

Dick Smith calls on Aussies to nominate for awards

FORMER Australian of the Year Dick Smith is urging Australians to nominate their fellow citizens for next year's prestigious awards.

There's just one week left for nominations in the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, with a closing date of 31 July.

Mr Smith, who was awarded 1986 Australian of the Year for his achievements as an entrepreneur and adventurer and his contributions as a philanthropist, said it only took a few minutes to nominate someone who is making a difference.

"We hear the stories of people doing wonderful things in our communities - these are the people we need to be nominating for the Australian of the Year Awards," he said.

"The Australian of the Year Awards are an important part of our culture and we all have a role to play in that.

"I ask you to go ahead and submit a nomination for the person you think should be recognised. Why not get online and fill out the form right now?"

You can help find the 2020 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero simply by nominating someone you admire at australianoftheyear.org.au.

It's not necessary to know the individual personally, you just need to provide information on what they have done and why you think they are inspirational.

When the Award recipients are announced on 25 January, 2020, it will mark the 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards, honouring and celebrating great Australians from all walks of life.

Nominations for the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards close midnight Wednesday 31 July 2019.


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