Australian of the Year nominees 2018

The 2018 Australian of the Year will be announced this evening in Canberra.

As is custom each state and territory has nominated one outstanding person for their contribution in a specialised field.

Here are the 2018 nominees.

New South Wales: Michelle Yvonne Simmons

Michelle Yvonne Simmons

Image: Twitter


Michelle Yvonne Simmons is a professor in quantum physics at the University of NSW.


Victoria: Samuel Johnson


Image: Entertainment Bureau


Samuel Johnson has put his acting career on hold to advocate and raise funds for cancer research.


Queensland: Johnathan Thurston

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Image: Courier Mail


One of the all-time rugby league greats has used his fame and wealth to assist struggling indigenous Australians.


South Australia: David David

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Image: The Australian


Professor David David AC is a specialist in the area of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the Head and Neck.


Tasmania: Scott Rankin

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Image: The Australian


Scott Rankin is a playwright and theatre director who focuses much of his time and energy on contributing to social justice through the arts.


Western Australia: Tracy Westerman

Tracy Westerman

Image: National Museum of Australia


Tracy Westerman is a clinical psychologist and doctor of philosophy who has dedicated much of her life to researching mental illness in Australia.


Northern Territory: Bo Remenyi

Bo Remenyi

Image: NT News


Bo Remenyi is a cardiologist focused on curing rheumatic heart disease in the Northern Territory.


Australian Capital Territory: Dion Devow

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Image: ABC


Dion Devow is an entrepreneur whose line of clothing resonates with Australia’s indigenous community.


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