List of Senior Australian of the Year Award recipients

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The Senior Australian of the Year Award[1] commenced in 1999, in the International Year of Older Persons, and recognises those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and contribute. 2002 is the only year, since the founding of the awards, that a recipient hasn't been certified.

Year of
Name Comments
1999 Dusty, SlimSlim Dusty AO, MBE Country music singer
2000 Professor Briggs, FredaFreda Briggs Educator, author, scholar and ambassador
2001 Professor Clark, GraemeGraeme Clark AC Pioneer of the Bionic Ear
2003 Campbell, BruceBruce Campbell MBE Rural community leader[2]
2004 Gordon, TehreeTehree Gordon Community volunteer and wildlife rescuer
2005 Milhinhos, AntonioAntonio Milhinhos Philanthropist
2006 Goold, SallySally Goold OAM Indigenous nurse and mentor
2007 Herreen, PhillipPhillip Herreen Former speedway driver; disability mentor
2008 Bussau, DavidDavid Bussau AM Finance entrepreneur
2009 LaManna, PatPat LaManna OAM Entrepreneur and philanthropist
2010 Beer, MaggieMaggie Beer AM Cook and restaurateur
2011 Professor McCallum, RonRon McCallum AO Australian legal academic
2012 Baymarrwangga, LaurieLaurie Baymarrwangga Indigenous community Leader
2013 Maddocks, IanIan Maddocks Palliative care specialist
2014 Chaney, FredFred Chaney AO Reconciliation advocate
2015 French, JackieJackie French Author
2016 Professor Fulde, GordianGordian Fulde Emergency healthcare specialist[3]
2017 Sister Anne Gardiner AM Service to the people of the Tiwi Islands.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Senior Australian of the Year", Retrieved 25 January 2011
  2. ^ "Senior Australian of the Year 2003". Honour Roll. National Australia Day Council. 2003. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Smith, Dan (25 January 2016). "Australian of the Year: David Morrison, former Army chief, given top honour for gender equality work". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Wyatt, Ken (25 January 2017). "2017 Senior Australian of the Year". Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  5. ^ La Canna, Xavier (26 January 2017). "Senior Australian of the Year Sister Anne calls for more understanding of Indigenous cultures". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 February 2017.