Australian honours and awards - Department of the Premier and Cabinet

How to recognise the outstanding contributors and quiet achievers in our community.
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There are hundreds of extraordinary Western Australians who serve across professional, public and community sectors.

However, the number of home-grown nominees is significantly lower compared to other states and territories.

The WA Government is committed to boosting the number of WA nominations for Australian honours and awards.

While the Commonwealth Government manages these awards, it’s important we say thank you by stepping up and nominating our citizens both locally and abroad.


Message from the Premier

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Let’s take this chance to celebrate the work that makes our communities, our State, and our nation, a more enriched and happy place to live.

Australian honours and awards go to people who enrich our lives and communities, who may give quietly, without thought of recognition or personal gain. Honours are an exceptionally meaningful way to make their service visible, and to thank them for the difference it makes.


It is no secret that Western Australians make stellar contributions to their communities, locally, nationally and overseas, and in all manner of fields and endeavours.


However, I believe Western Australians can be stronger contenders for Australian honours and awards. We often nominate fewer people than is our share of the nation’s population – and in doing so, we fail to do ourselves justice.

It’s up to each of us as Western Australians to change this.


It’s important that the contributions made by our citizens are recognised on a national stage. It is also imperative that our nominees reflect the diversity of our citizens. I encourage everyone to put forward the names of people in the community who have made a difference. Step up and shine a light on someone deserving, young or old, male or female and from diverse cultural heritage and language backgrounds.


Regardless of who you are or where you live, your good work deserves recognition.


If someone you know has made an exceptional contribution to your community, don’t let them go unnoticed.

Nominate them for an award in the Australian honours system.


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Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Nominate someone for an award

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Nominations can be made by any person or group, and at any time.

About the Australian honours and awards system

Australia’s system of honours and awards was introduced in 1975.

The Order of Australia is the highest form of recognition under Australia’s honours and awards system, and recognises outstanding achievement and service to the community.

A host of other special awards recognise acts of extraordinary bravery by Australian citizens in ordinary life, and the service of Australians in the Defence Force and other lines of service.

Let us help you nominate someone for an award. Contact the Department of the Premier and Cabinet on the phone number or email opposite or fill out a nomination form

Find out about the different types of Australian honours and awards at the Australian Government website.

Read about the latest recipients at the Government House website.


Page reviewed 10 October 2019