THE National Australia Day Council board (not the Prime Minister) selects the four national Australians of the Year.
All eligible nominees receive a certificate acknowledging their nomination.
The awards began in 1960 with the Australian of the Year award, the Young Australian of the Year award began in 1979, the Senior Australian of the Year award was introduced in 1999 and the Local Hero award was introduced in 2003.
The awards are only made possible through the support of sponsors. Principal partner the Commonwealth Bank has supported the awards for 36 years. Other sponsors are the Department of Social Services, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, ABC Television, Fairfax Media, Qantas, Holiday Inn, ABC Local Radio.
To make you nomination go to Australian of the Year awards now.