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The Australian of the Year Awards commenced in 1960. From nominations received, Australia Day Committees in each state and territory select several finalists and recipients for their respective state and territory Australian of the Year Awards. These recipients are announced at functions in November and December each year, and from these, the National Australia Day Council Board selects the recipients in each national award category.

The national awards are announced on the eve of, and presented on, Australia Day (26 January) each year.

The Australian of the Year Awards recognise and reward those Australians who have a consistent record of excellence, who have made outstanding achievements in their field, and contributed in a significant way to the nation.

The Young Australian of the Year Award was introduced in 1979, Senior Australian in 1999, and the Australia's Local Hero in 2003.

Australians of the Year Walk

The Australians of the Year Walk is on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.
The Australians of the Year Walk in Canberramarker was designed by the National Capital Authority and comprises a series of plinths, seats and lighting. Incorporated in the pathway are five metal strips set flush in the concrete, representing the five music stave lines. The plinths are placed in musical note position to the score of Advance Australia Fair (Australia's National Anthem). Fixed to each plinth is an anodised aluminium plaque containing the names and images of the Australians of the Year. There is one plaque for each year of the award. The plaques are arranged chronologically, starting at the western end of the path near Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. The lake side is bordered by white paving stones, the land side by a white paved walkway.

The Walk is situated along a straight section of shoreline on Lake Burley Griffinmarker between the National Library of Australiamarker and the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge ( ).

The Walk was opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, on Australia Day, 26 January 2006.

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