Reflecting on The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Reflecting on The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Government It's an Honour
Thursday, 25 June 2020

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Order of Australia recognises exceptional Australians #ItsAnHonour

Having celebrated The Queen's Birthday Honours on 8 June, it is timely to reflect on the awards and what they mean to Australians.

The Australian Honours system acknowledges the outstanding service and contributions of exceptional Australians. People from all walks of life and from all over the country are recognised for their achievements.

The Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours continued a positive trend togender equality.. While encouraging, there is still a lot more to be done until Australian Honours achieve gender parity.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC, is committed to sustaining this trend and seeing more women nominated and honoured during his time as Governor-General.

This year’s Queen's Birthday 2020 Honours list honoured a broad range of exceptional people: from diverse cultural backgrounds, for a wide range of contributions, and from varying industries. Here are just a few of note:

  • Dr Catherine Foley AO, for distinguished service to research science and the advancement of women in physics.
  • Vincent Namatjira OAM, Australian Indigenous artist for his service to Indigenous arts and the community.
  • Sarah Brown AM, for her role as Chief Executive of Purple House, an organisation delivering renal services to remote Indigenous communities.
  • Professor Marcia Langton AO, for distinguished service to tertiary education, and as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Jan Vittorio AO, for his service to the film and television industries as a screenwriter and director, and to professional guilds.

Anyone can nominate an individual who has contributed significantly to the community. Nominations are open all year round and the Order of Australia Nomination Form is simple and easy to follow. If you know an individual worthy of an Australian Honour, nominate them now. 

Visit It's An Honour for more information.