Australia's Local Hero award

The department proudly sponsors Australia's Local Hero Award as part of the Australian of the Year Awards. The Australian of the Year Award provides all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who makes them proud.

Each year we celebrate Australia's Local Hero alongside the Australian of the Year, the Young Australian of the Year and the Senior Australian of the Year.

The Local Hero Award recognises the enormous contribution of so many Australian citizens who selflessly work to make their local community a better place, and helping those around them.

A Local Hero from each state and territory is announced later in the year, with one of the eight state and territory Local Heroes announced as Australia's Local Hero on Australia Day eve each year.

Australia's Local Hero 2015

Hear Juliette Wright's story, Australia's Local Hero for 2015. Video not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the National Australia Day Council.
See: Juliette Wright Local Hero 2015 (video transcript) (69KB PDF)

Driven, inspired and ambitious, Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Establishing an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need, Juliette is changing the face of how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are most needed by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Juliette's vision, hard work and determination have resulted in donations of more than 126,000 items to disadvantaged members of the Australian community. Juliette's passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need. In 2011, when Queensland was hit by devastating floods, GIVIT became the state government's official website for matching donors and recipients – with 1.8 million hits resulting in 33,500 goods matched in three weeks. Juliette's positive 'can do' attitude inspires others to embrace philanthropy and she has just launched GIVIT Kids, a safe online platform for children to give new or pre-loved belongings.

Read more inspiring stories from other State and Territory Local Heroes.

State and Territory Local Heroes 2015

Read about your State or Territory's Local Hero.

Nominate an outstanding Australian citizen

There are men and women all over Australia who make an outstanding contribution to their community by helping those around them. These are the people whose tireless and selfless work in the community often goes unthanked.

Every community has a person like this. Australia's Local Hero Award provides an opportunity to acknowledge dedicated Australian citizens who make a significant contribution at a local community level.

All it takes is one nomination so make yours today at the Australian of the Year Awards website.

Do you know a Local Hero?

Perhaps you have a friend, family member, community leader or colleague who is an inspiring individual who makes an outstanding contribution to their local community.

All it takes is one nomination, so nominate someone you know for Australia's Local Hero Award.

Nominations close at the end of August with the announcement of state and territory award recipients made towards the end of the year.

The national Australian of the Year Awards, including Australia's Local Hero, are announced on Australia Day Eve.

You can nominate your Local Hero on the Australian of the Year Awards website.

Last modified Wednesday 11 March 2015