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 2017
Australia's Local Hero winner for 2017, Vicki Jellie.
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After her husband Peter died of cancer in 2008, Vicki Jellie found his plans for a local cancer fundraiser. His dream had been to bring radiotherapy services to the South West of Victoria. Peter's dream became Vicki's passion. In 2009, Vicki initiated "Peter's Project" – a community group dedicated to fighting for improved cancer services. Despite being told that a cancer centre in Warrnambool would "never happen", Vicki relentlessly lobbied governments, uniting the community and raising funds. By May 2014, Vicki secured $30 million combined funding from State and Federal governments and the community, allowing a cancer centre to be achieved. In July 2016 Vicki and her community celebrated the opening of the new South West Regional Cancer Centre, offering radiotherapy treatment for regional patients. Vicki has selflessly demonstrated why volunteers are the core of our nation's community and her persistence has proven that 'Nothing is Impossible'. Vicki's legacy will continue to support "all the Peters" facing their cancer battles for generations to come.
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.
Everywhere there are people like this. 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. Nominations for 2018 have closed.