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NFP leaders and women awarded in Queen’s birthday honours list

Not-for-profit sector and community leaders stand out in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday awards, with an overall record number of women receiving awards

Not-for-profit sector and community leaders have stood out as honourees in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday awards, with an overall record number of women receiving awards.

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, approved 1,007 nominations. The awarded recipients have contributed across a diverse range of fields – including community and charitable work.

“To all my recipients I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” Cosgrove said.

“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.”

Among those awarded is Australian Red Cross aid worker Bob Handby, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and NDIA board member Robyn Kruk, World Federation of the Deaf President Colin Allen and Uniting Aged Care chair Janet Wood.

Sixty per cent of the recipients of the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) were women. This is the first time women have outnumbered men at any level in an Australian honours list, a trend the community should expect in future.

Nominations of women were 72 per cent higher that they were five years ago and the success rate of women in this round was 10 per cent higher than men.

Among these women is chair of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Authority, Erica Smyth, who has been recognised for her services to the community through her roles with charities and science organisations.

“Often what women do traditionally has gone under the radar and now we are recognising more and more that there’s so much everyone in our community does to make it work and women are part of that,” Smyth said.

Chair of the Council of the order of Australia, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, said the awards were a “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 by encourage emulation.”

Cosgrove said that for over 4 years the honours have defined and encouraged the ideals of Australians and we are now “stronger, safer and more caring.

“Today’s recipients now join the company of many women and men whose meritorious and brave actions have enriched our community and our lives. Their qualities – compassion, dedicated, generosity, selflessness, tolerance, and energetic ambition – inspire and motivate us.”

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