2023 Australian of the Year

National Exhibition Register

  • Australian of the Year Awards Exhibition - install image
    Australian of the Year Awards Exhibition - install image
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy of National Australia Day Council

About the exhibition

Each year, the Australian of the Year Awards honour an exceptional group of highly respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance. The National Museum then asks the Australian of the Year recipients to choose an object of personal significance to go on display. Each object not only tells us something about their lives, aspirations and experiences, they tell stories, connect with others and make us think.

The Awards offers an insight into Australian identity, reflecting the nation’s evolving relationship with the world, the role of sport in Australian culture, the impact of multiculturalism, and the special status of Australia’s Indigenous people. Be part of the national conversation led by the 2023 Australian of the Year by bringing the Australian of the Year touring exhibition to your community.

Finalists for 2023:

  • ACT: Olympia Yarger - Insect farming pioneer and founder, Goterra
  • NSW: Craig Foster AM - Human rights and anti-racism activist, former Socceroo
  • NT: Samuel Bush-Blanasi - Chair, Northern Land Council
  • QLD: William Barton - Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist and producer
  • SA: Taryn Brumfitt - Body image activist, director, writer and speaker
  • TAS: John Kamara - Humanitarian and co-founder, Culturally Diverse Alliance of Tasmania and African Communities Council of Tasmania
  • VIC: Dr Angraj Khillan - Paediatrician and co-founder, Health Awareness Society of Australia
  • WA: Professor Samar Aoun - Researcher and advocate for end-of-life care, bereavement and grief support.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/03/2023 - 26/11/2023
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia
$0 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops, Signage
Other materials
Host venues will receive support from the National Australia Day Council in your state to explore public program opportunities with Australians of the Years past and present.
Primary contact
Heidi Elliott
A/g Touring Exhibitions Officer
National Museum of Australia
02 6208 5380
The Australian of the Year exhibition is developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the National Australia Day Council.