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Thank You

 Let’s say thanks to our home-grown heroes

Australian honours and awards recognise the outstanding contributors and quiet achievers in our community.

There are hundreds of extraordinary Western Australians who serve across professional, public and community sectors. However, the number of home-grown nominees is significantly lower compared to other States and Territories.

The Western Australian Government is committed to boosting the number of WA nominations for Australian honours and awards. While the Commonwealth Government manages these awards, it’s important we say thank you by stepping up and nominating our citizens both locally and abroad.


MCGOWAN Mark PortraitMessage from the Premier

Australian honours and awards go to people who enrich our lives and communities, who may give quietly, without thought of recognition or personal gain. Honours are an exceptionally meaningful way to make their service visible, and to thank them for the difference it makes.

It is no secret that Western Australians make stellar contributions to their communities, locally, nationally and overseas, and in all manner of fields and endeavours. However, I believe Western Australians can be stronger contenders for Australian honours and awards. We often nominate fewer people than is our share of the nation’s population – and in doing so, we fail to do ourselves justice.

It’s up to each of us as Western Australians to change this.

It’s important that the contributions made by our citizens are recognized on a national stage. It is also imperative that our nominees reflect the diversity of our citizens. I encourage everyone to put forward the names of people in the community that have made a difference. Step up and shine a light on someone deserving, young or old, male or female and from diverse cultural heritage and language backgrounds. Regardless of who you are or where you live, your good work deserves recognition.

If someone you know has made an exceptional contribution to your community, don’t let them go unnoticed. Nominate them for an award in the Australian honours system.

Let’s take this chance to celebrate the work that makes our communities, our State, and our nation, a more enriched and happy place to live.

Nominate someone for an award

Let us help you nominate someone for an award. Contact the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on (08) 6552 5941 or or fill out a nomination form at

Nominations can be made by any person or group, and at any time.

About the Australian Honours and Awards System

Australia’s system of honours and awards was introduced in 1975.

The Order of Australia is the highest form of recognition under Australia’s honours and awards system, and recognises outstanding achievement and service to the community. A host of other special awards recognise acts of extraordinary bravery by Australian citizens in ordinary life, and the service of Australians in the Defence Force and other lines of service.

More information on the different types of Australian honours and awards is available here.

Who can I nominate for an Order of Australia?
Anyone you think has made an outstanding contribution to their community or field of work, as long as they are an Australian citizen.

Can anyone become a nominator (someone who puts forward a nomination)?
Yes. Nominators can be individuals or groups such as community, business or professional organisations.

There are two ways you can nominate someone for an award:

What information do I need to provide in a nomination?
To make a nomination, you need to provide:
  • A short description of how the nominee has made a significant contribution to the community; and
  • Contact details for:
    • the nominator (the person making the nomination – yourself or your group/organisation)
    • the nominee
    • four referees who can comment on the nominee's contribution and achievements.

Can I tell someone that I’ve nominated them?
No. All nominations are confidential.

How are awards decided?
The Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat in Canberra processes nominations in the order they are received.

How long does it take to process my nomination?
It takes between 18 months and two years for the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat to consider a nomination.

When are nominations announced?
Awards are announced twice a year on:

  • Australia Day (26 January); and
  • The Queen's Birthday (June).

What happens if my nomination is successful?
If your nomination is successful, the person you nominated will be contacted one week prior to the official publication of the honours list. They will also receive a written offer of an award in the Order of Australia.

The Governor of Western Australia ‘invests’ Western Australian recipients with their national honours and awards at an official Investiture Ceremony at Government House, Perth. Investitures for Companions of the Order of Australia are conducted by the Governor General at Government House, Canberra.


Latest winners from WA

Information on the latest recipients is available on the Government House website:

Queen's Birthday List 2018

Australia Day List 2018

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.