Identifying extraordinary Australians for the Order of Australia

At the 2023 National General Assembly, the Governor-General of Australia spoke about the importance of recognising people who make a positive difference in local communities.

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) asked for councils’ help to identify Australians in local communities who make an extraordinary impact and ensure there are processes in place to nominate them for recognition in the Order of Australia.

Among those recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours list, 43 per cent of recipients in the General Division of the Order of Australia were recognised for service to local communities. Read some of their stories here.

There are other everyday Australians doing extraordinary work who deserve to be recognised. Similarly, more outstanding people from multicultural communities and First Nations Australians could be nominated. By nominating, you can make sure the Order of Australia reflects your community.

Think about who inspires in your community, the difference they make, and then nominate at