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 2014
Hear Tim Conolan's story, Australia's Local Hero for 2014. Video not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the National Australia day council.
See: Tim Conolan Local Hero 2014 (video transcript) (104kB pdf)
Since establishing TLC for kids in 1998, Tim Conolan has assisted more than four million sick children and their families. After a fearless entry into the world of entrepreneurship at age 20, Tim was asked to attend a cancer support group camp as a motivational speaker. It was there that he met some seriously ill children who were to change the course of his life. Wanting to make a difference, Tim established TLC for kids with his long-term partner, Ana. With passion and an infectious positivity, Tim has spearheaded the charity’s remarkable growth. Tim was instrumental in developing the TLC’s national Distraction Box program which benefits more than half a million children every year in 400 Australian hospitals. Distraction Boxes include therapeutic toys and items used by healthcare professionals to guide children through frightening and painful procedures, with preliminary research suggesting the toys and items reduce procedure time and hospital waiting lists. Tim’s mission is to ensure every child in every hospital in Australia has the emotional and practical support they need.
Read more inspiring stories from other State and Territory Local Heroes.
State and Territory Local Heroes 2014
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.