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Australia Day 2024 Honours List Recognises 1,042 Deserving Australians

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Australia celebrates the achievements and service of 1,042 of its citizens with the announcement of the Australia Day 2024 Honours List. Among the distinguished is Ms Carmen Anne Garcia, a Filipino Australian who has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the multicultural community through diversity and inclusion advocacy and programs.

The Governor-General, in a statement of national pride, extended congratulations to “the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List.” These individuals are lauded for their substantial contributions that have made an impact at local, national, and international levels. “Individually, they are inspiring, and collectively, they speak to the strength of our communities,” the Governor-General affirmed, honoring their dedication, hard work, and altruism.

The Honours List is celebrated for its diversity, with recipients from all corners of Australia affecting change in a myriad of fields. The Governor-General also pointed to the modesty of the honourees, urging them to relish in the recognition that their country has bestowed upon them.

For the second consecutive year, the majority of recipients in the General Division are women, showcasing the honours system’s dedication to equality and representation. The Governor-General encouraged all Australians to participate in the honours system by nominating those who exemplify the nation’s values for public admiration and recognition.

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In the General division, 739 individuals were awarded, including 4 Companions of the Order of Australia (AC), 38 Officers of the Order of Australia (AO), 194 Members of the Order of Australia (AM), and 503 Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) recipients. Additionally, 20 awards were given in the Military Division of the Order of Australia (1 AO, 9 AM, and 10 OAM), along with 224 Meritorious awards and 59 Distinguished and Conspicuous awards.

This year’s list also honours 49 Australians for their invaluable contributions to the country’s COVID-19 response, who will also be featured on a permanent COVID-19 Honour roll, cementing their legacy in Australia’s history.

Highlighting the breadth of this year’s honourees, the youngest recipient is 32 years old, while the eldest is 100 years old, illustrating the wide span of service and contribution among Australians.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them now at www.gg.gov.au.

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