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Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
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Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2021

recipient John Levi For eminent service to Judaism through seminal roles with religious, community and historical organisations, to the advancement of interfaith understanding, tolerance and collaboration, and to education.
recipient Malcolm Turnbull For eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through significant contributions to national security, free trade, the environment and clean energy, innovation, economic reform and marriage equality, and to business and philanthropy.
recipient David McAllister For eminent service to the performing arts, particularly to ballet both nationally and internationally, to artistic directorship and dance education, and as a mentor.

Year: 2020

recipient Tony Abbott For eminent service to the people and Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, and through significant contributions to trade, border control, and to the Indigenous community.
recipient Margaret Court For eminent service to tennis as an internationally acclaimed player and recordholding grand slam champion, and as a mentor of young sportspersons.

Year: 2019

recipient Rhonda Galbally For eminent service to the advancement of social equity, particularly to the health and welfare of people with a disability, and to the community.
recipient Carillo Gantner For eminent service to the community through professional involvement in, and philanthropic support for, the performing and visual arts, and to Australia-Asia cultural exchange.
recipient Peter Hoj For eminent service to higher education and to science, particularly to the commercialisation of research, and to policy development and reform.
recipient Olivia Newton-John For eminent service to community health, particularly for people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer.
recipient Jennifer Rowe
recipient Ita Buttrose For eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, and the health sector, and as a role model.
recipient Hugh Jackman For eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication.
recipient Kevin Rudd For eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, to Indigenous reconciliation, innovative economic initiatives and major policy reform, and through senior advisory roles with international organisations.

Year: 2018

recipient Betty Cuthbert For eminent service to athletics at the national and international level, particularly as a gold medallist at the Melbourne and Tokyo Olympic Games, and as a role model, fundraiser, and advocate for research into a cure for multiple sclerosis
recipient Evonne Cawley For eminent service to tennis as a player at the national and international level, as an ambassador, supporter and advocate for the health, education and wellbeing of young Indigenous people through participation in sport, and as a role model.
recipient Janet McCalman For eminent service to education, particularly in the field of social history, as a leading academic, researcher and author, as a contributor to multi-disciplinary curriculum development, and through the promotion of history to the wider community.
recipient Dawn Fraser For eminent service to sport, through ambassadorial, mentoring, and non-executive roles with a range of organisations at all levels, and to the community through roles in conservation and motoring associations.
recipient Virginia Spate

Year: 2017

recipient Anna Bligh
recipient Julia Gillard
recipient Cate Blanchett For eminent service to the performing arts as an international stage and screen actor, through seminal contributions as director of artistic organisations, as a role model for women and young performers, and as a supporter of humanitarian and environmental causes.

Works About this Award

Top Honour for Tennis Great 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 February no. 669 2018; (p. 5)

'Tennis legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley has become a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC).' 

Golden Moment as Highest Award Bestowed Tony Stephens , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 April 2009; (p. 3)
Life Devoted To Human Rights John Stapleton , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 January 2009; (p. 6)
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