The Department proudly sponsors Australia's Local Hero Award as part of the
Australian of the Year Awards. The Awards provide all Australians with the opportunity to recognise someone who has gone above and beyond in their field, or for the Australian community.
The Local Hero Award recognises the enormous contribution of so many Australian citizens who selflessly work to make their local community a better place, and helping those around them.
Australia's Local Hero is selected from the eight state and territory finalists and is announced on the eve of Australia Day every year.
The Department works in partnership with the
National Australia Day Council to encourage everyone to celebrate what's great about Australia and reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen.
Australia's Local Hero 2018
Australia's Local Hero winner for 2018, Eddie Woo
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Arguably Australia's most famous mathematics teacher, Eddie Woo makes maths fun. The head mathematics teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High School, the largest secondary school in New South Wales, Eddie started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick with cancer and missing a lot of school. Before long, he was sharing the videos across the country and beyond. Wootube now boasts more than 100,000 subscribers and has attracted more than eight million views worldwide and counting. With infectious enthusiasm, the father-of-three's unique and caring approach to teaching destigmatises mathematics as an inaccessible and difficult subject. Outside his high school classroom, Eddie is a volunteer facilitator with the University of Sydney's Widening Participation and Outreach program and has motivated more than 1,400 students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A brilliant student, Eddie could have chosen any field, but in defiance of social convention and his parents he opted for teaching. Today, he is using his vocation to "pay it forward" and make education equitable for all.
State and territory local heroes
You can read the inspiring stories of all the
state and territory finalists and
Do you know a local hero?
There are men and women all over Australia who make an outstanding contribution to their community by helping those around them. These are the people whose tireless and selfless work often goes unthanked.
Australia's Local Hero Award provides an opportunity to acknowledge dedicated Australian citizens who make a significant contribution at a local community level.
Perhaps you have a friend, family member, community leader or colleague who is an inspiring individual who makes an outstanding contribution to their local community.
All it takes is one nomination, so recommend someone you know for Australia's Local Hero Award.
nominate your Local Hero on the
Australian of the Year Awards website.