Deaf Australian of the Year Award

In memory of Dorothy E. Shaw, OAM

The Deaf Australian of the Year Award recognises one Deaf person each year for his/her dedication, services, and contribution to the Australian Deaf Community.

Nominees for this award can be individual deaf people, over the age of 25, living anywhere in Australia, who have made exceptional contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Supports Deaf people in social and cultural activities
  • Presents a positive image of Deaf people
  • Undertakes research programs to promote better understanding of the Deaf community, its language and culture
  • Establishes successful co-ordination of affirmative action aimed at Deaf people
  • Provides high quality services enabling Deaf people to participate in community activities
  • Provides programs to increase options and opportunities for Deaf employees and clients
  • Improves access to technology
  • In any other way has benefited Deaf people or the Deaf community.

Nominations can be submitted in written English using the form online, or in Auslan and sent directly to Deaf Australia. If submitting in Auslan; please make sure you cover all the same criteria as the written English nomination form.

CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS:  FRIDAY, 31 August 2019 at 12 midnight. 

Nominations received after the closing date will not be considered.

Deaf Australian of the Year Award 2019

  • This Deaf person should be the 2019 Deaf Australian of the year because he/she:

    Please explain how the person has done one or more of the things below:
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  • Your details

    Please complete the following details so we can contact you if we have questions about your nomination of the above person.
  • You must be an ordinary member of Deaf Australia or a representative of an ordinary corporate member of Deaf Australia.
  • (only required if you represent a national ordinary corporate member or state branch of Deaf Australia)
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