New Australian of the Year Awards 2016


DO you know someone who is new to Australia who has made an outstanding contribution to the community that deserves to be recognised and celebrated?

The New Australian of the Year Awards recognise the important contributions of migrants and refugees in Australia.

Established in 2014 by the Australia Day Council (Victoria) Inc, the awards seek to highlight the often difficult journey of those who are new to Australia, as well as celebrating their significant achievements and contributions to Australian society.

The awards are open to new Australians who excel in any field including academia, business, sports and community.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be an Australian citizen at the time of nomination
  • have been living in Australia for 18 years or less
  • made a significant contribution to the Australian community
  • is able to attend an Australia Day function in Victoria between 21-25 January 2016 to receive the award.

The Australia Day Council (Victoria) Inc define a ‘new Australian’ as someone who has been in Australia for 18 years or less, recognising that it takes around seven to eight years to fully settle in Australia, and another ten years to engage and contribute meaningfully.

Organisers are looking for individuals who have made important contributions to the wider Australian society and examples of their achievements.

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