More than 580 people received awards in the general division of the Order of Australia as part to the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List this week.
A further 199 recipients received awards for their meritorious or military service.
The Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, said; “I want to give my strong support to the awards made through the Australian Honours System. “They elevate the concept of giving to others. “They heighten our respect for one another, and they encourage Australians to think about the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy. “Awards in the Australian Honours System represent the highest level of recognition accorded by our nation for outstanding achievement and service.”
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), Chair of the Council of the Order, said the diversity of service across all fields of endeavour was recognised. “These awards are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity. “By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. “The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation. “These awards also recognise the ‘quiet achievers’ in our midst. “They are people who serve the community, but do not seek accolades”, Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
Recipients of the Order of Australia are considered for awards following their nomination by another individual, specific organisation or their own application.
For a full list of recipients, go to www.itsanhonour.gov.au