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Recognition Matters

We're helping Victorians to nominate exceptional women for Australian Honours. Nominate a woman today with our easy to use toolkit.

International Women's Day: Nominate a woman together

Get together and celebrate International Women's Day by nominating an exceptional woman. You'll be helping to create balance in Australian Honours.

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How to nominate

Nomination process for Australian Honours includes research, contacting referees, writing the nomination and submitting online
  • All nominations are confidential - you should not tell your nominee that you’re nominating her.
  • After you have submitted the nomination it may take 1 to 2 years for the Secretariat to decide whether or not to award an Honour to the nominee. You will be notified either way.
  • You do not have to write an essay: bullet points are an easy way to list your nominee’s achievements.
  • Referees should agree to support the nomination, but they do not need to write anything as part of the initial submission – they will be contacted by the Council for the Order of Australia if required.
  • Nominations can be completed as a group, which may make gathering the information you need easier.

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Nomination toolkit

Everything you need to get started, including an email template for contacting referees and sample of the nomination form with tips.

Start the online nomination

Why recognition matters

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  • Men have consistently received around 70% of the awards since the Order of Australia was established in 1975.
  • Women receive less than one third of award nominations.
  • Acknowledging the contributions of Australian women is critical to closing the gender gap and placing women’s achievements on the public record.
  • The Victorian Government is working with industry leaders and community advocates to increase nominations of women for Australian Honours.

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Reviewed 05 March 2019