Honours recipients inspire next generation of women

Release Date: 
26 January 2019
Media release

Minister for Women, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP says the record number of women who received Order of Australia honours today gives girls and young women more role models to look up to.

“I’m delighted that a record number of women have received Order of Australia honours. The awards are a significant acknowledgement of an individual’s contribution to our community,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“Honouring the contribution of more women will inspire the next generation of female leaders.”

A total of 422 or 37.4% of awards in the Order of Australia this Australia Day are recognising women, compared to 215, or 33% of the total, announced on Australia Day last year.

Women represented 36.8% of nominations considered by the Council, up from 31.8% at the same time last year.

This year, women were honoured in equal or greater number than men for their service or achievement to areas in Conservation and Environment; Education; International Relations; Local Government and the Public Service.

The Government and the Honours Secretariat at Government House share an objective for equal gender representation in nominations for honours and will continue to promote and encourage the nomination of women for awards. More than half of the representatives on the Council for the Order of Australia, which independently determines who receives awards, are female. Currently the Council comprises 8 men and 11 women.

“We want the honours system to reflect the Australian community. I encourage each and every Australian who knows an inspiring woman who hasn’t been honoured today, to put her name forward. She might be someone who contributes to your community, your workplace, or indeed to the nation as a whole,” Minister O’Dwyer said.

“It is easier than ever to nominate and our system relies entirely on community nominations, offering the opportunity for all Australians to participate – to nominate those exceptional Australians who make a difference.”

To nominate a fellow Australian for the Australia Day honours, visit the Governor-General’s website: https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards/nomination-forms.