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Quick facts about the Australia Day 2020 Order of Australia (General Division)

The Australia Day list recognises 837 outstanding and inspirational Australians in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Recipients announced in the Australia Day list will be invested with their awards either by the Governor-General at Government House in Canberra or by the State Governors or Administrator of the Northern Territory in coming months.

The break-down of Order of Australia Honours in the Australia Day 2020 list:

  • 5 appointed Companions of the Order (AC)
  • 59 appointed Officers of the Order (AO)
  • 224 appointed Members of the Order (AM)
  • 549 Medals (OAM) awarded.

Women received 348 – or 41.6 per cent – of awards- part of a long-term, positive trend that the Governor-General would like to continue.

Almost 45 per cent of awards (375 in total) were for outstanding service or achievement in the community.

The oldest recipient in the list is 97 years old. The youngest recipient is 19 years old.

15 recipients have previously received an award in the Order – their appointment to a higher category recognises continued service and a higher level of contribution.

The majority of medals are engraved at Government House in Canberra. Including service medals, around 16,000 medals are engraved each year at Government House.