Nominations for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards rely on public submissions of outstanding fellow Australians.
There are four Awards categories:
- Australian of the Year
- Senior of the Year (65 years and over)
- Young Australian (16 - 30 years)
- Australia’s Local Hero
The Awards operate at two levels - state/territory and national. State and territory selection committees select four finalists for each award category, with one of these finalists becoming the state/territory award recipient. State/territory award recipients then become the national finalists for the awards.
Nominations can be made on the Australian of the Year Awards website until midnight 7 August 2016.