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Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours List

The Governor-General has today announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising 933 Australians.

Included in the list are:

  • 710 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia (3 AC, 50 AO, 200 AM and 457 OAM) 
  • 28 recipients of awards in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (3 AO, 12 AM and 13 OAM); and 
  • 128 meritorious awards. 

“In this list we see all the positives that are in our community – we see the great ideas, we see the hard-work, we see the love and compassion for fellow human beings – it’s a microcosm of Australia,” the Governor-General said.

“This list recognises a group of outstanding Australians who have made a contribution to their community, to Australia globally or domestically. Their efforts have been noted by their peers, they’ve been nominated and assessed independently as worthy of recognition.”

“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate them and thank them for their service contribution to our country.”

Continuing the positive trend towards gender parity, 41 per cent of recipients in the General Division are women.

“We are working hard to achieve parity between male and female nominations and to increase the diversity of nominations in other areas. There has been success recently, but that success has to be sustainable and that is one thing that I want to work on in my time,” the Governor-General said.

“The system is driven by nominations. To me that’s the most critical thing – it’s bottom-up and it is driven by recommendations from peers. The system belongs to all Australians.”

“If you know someone that is worthy, look at what you need to gather and how nominations are assessed. People cannot be recognised if they’re not nominated and that has to be driven from the community.”