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The Nomination Process

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Who can nominate?

Any individual or organisation may nominate an Australian citizen for an Order of Australia award.

How do you nominate?

A nomination form is used to provide details of the nominee, their service, and to provide details of referees who are able to verify the nominee’s service. The nomination form should give complete details about the merit of the person being nominated. The submission is evaluated by the Council, among 800-1000 others over two days. Your written application is the only chance you get to put your case to the Council.

What happens with a nomination?

After a nomination is received, it is the role of the Honours Secretariat in Canberra to thoroughly research the details of the person’s service within the community. Once the research stage is completed nominations are submitted to the Council for the Order of Australia for consideration.

How long does it take?

Usually, it takes a year to 18 months to research and prepare a nomination and present it to the Council.

The names of successful nominees appear in the Honours List which is published twice a year - on Australia Day, 26 January, and on the day set aside in June to commemorate the Queen’s Birthday.