Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor congratulates the 2021 Australian of the Year recipients, acknowledging their inspiring achievements and contribution to society.
For only the second time in the history of the awards, women have won all four Australian of the Year categories.
“These women have shown remarkable bravery in breaking down barriers to drive positive change and it’s fantastic that their achievements have now been recognized nationally.” Mrs Taylor said.
“These awards shine a light on the enormous efforts of women to make our communities a better place, whether it be in the city, regional or rural areas.”
Local Hero Rosemary Kariuki, of Oran Park in Sydney’s southwest, has worked tirelessly to help migrants fleeing domestic violence as well as helping migrant women to make social connections in their new home.
Australian of the Year Grace Tame, of Tasmania, is a sexual abuse survivor who has advocated for legal reform and raised public awareness about the impact of violence against women and girls.
Senior Australian of the Year Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, of the Northern Territory, is an artist, activist, writer and public speaker who has devoted her energy to bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal culture.
Young Australian of the Year Isobel Marshall, of South Australia, has used her business skills for social change by improving access to female hygiene products and improving education for women and girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda.
“Women are often quiet achievers, giving so much of themselves and asking for so little in return so it is wonderful to see these four women recognised for their significant contribution,” Mrs Taylor added.
“I congratulate the winners, finalists and nominees in the Australian of the Year Awards and thank them for their dedication to improving society and changing lives.”