The Australian of the Year Awards recognise any Australians across four categories: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year (over 65 years of age), Young Australian of the Year, and Australia's Local Hero.
The Awards operate at two levels - State/Territory and national. State and Territory selection committees select four nominees for each Award category, with one of these nominees being announced as the State/Territory Award recipient.
Award recipients are announced on the 26th January each year.
The awards were established in 1960.