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Nominate someone for the Order of Australia

Anyone can nominate someone to be recognised through the Order of Australia.

To nominate someone complete the online form. The form is easy to access and understand. Before beginning you will need to gather some key information:

  • The contact details of the person you are nominating
  • A short case of why/who you are nominating; including
    • Examples of how they have demonstrated outstanding qualities
    • What they have done to make things better for others
    • The role(s) or area(s) in which they have excelled
    • The period of time, or dates of service (if known)
    • Evidence of other awards or recognition received by the nominee
  • Up to four referees (including contact details).

Process

Anyone can nominate a member of the community for an award in the Order of Australia.

Nominations are generally processed in order of receipt and the nomination process can take between 18 months and two years.

All nominations are confidential and the person being nominated should not be advised of the nomination or approached for information.   The information on the nomination form is used only to assist the Council to assess the nominee.

If a nomination is unsuccessful, the nominee may be reconsidered after an interval of three years from the Council’s consideration of a previous nomination.  A member of the Order of Australia may be considered for a promotion within the Order five years after the previous appointment or award. 

In both instances a new nomination should be submitted.

However, if the Council deems that exceptional circumstances exist, it may consider nominations inside the periods prescribed above on a case by case basis. Exceptional circumstances may include life threatening illness of the nominee or strong evidence of significant service not covered by the earlier nomination.