Last Call for 2018 Australian Father of the Year Awards Nominations

06 Jun 2018

AFOYNominations for the 2018 Australian Father of the Year Award will close this Friday 8th June at 5:00pm, signalling the last chance for Aussies to nominate an inspiring dad to receive this year’s accolade.

The Australian Father of the Year Awards aim to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that fathers play within families, and in the wider community. Each year the Australian Father’s Day Council and leading children’s charity The Shepherd Centre select a distinguished father to receive the prestigious award. The winner demonstrates overwhelming support, guidance and love to his children or other children through his working role or family life.

The nomination period will close at 5:00pm this Friday 8th June 2018.

Past Australian Father of the Year winners include former Premier of NSW and NAB Chief Customer Officer Mike Baird, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, GP and community leader Dr Jamal Rifi, basketballer Andrew Gaze, Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond, Air Chief Marshal (Ret’d) Angus Houston, Former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Taronga Conservation Society Australia Guy Cooper, Author of best-selling autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin and former Swans Coach Paul Roos.

The nominee must be:

• A father who is an inspirational role model and maintains a strong commitment and involvement with his family.

• A father who is an inspirational role model to the children in the communities with whom he associates.

• A father who has made a significant contribution to the nation and is recognised for his personal, academic or professional achievements.

• A father who is committed to maintaining an ongoing and future contribution to the nation. Consideration is given to voluntary, unpaid work undertaken and awards and recognition previously received.

Nominations for 2018 Australian Father of the Year can be submitted online via

For more information or interviews please contact:
Maya Ivanovic
Palin Communications
[email protected]
0403 354 305

Christine Galasinao
Palin Communications
[email protected]
0413 707 918

About The Shepherd Centre:
The Shepherd Centre is a NSW-based not-for-profit organisation specialising in early intervention to help children who are deaf and hearing-impaired develop spoken language skills. Since its foundation, The Shepherd Centre has opened up a world of sound for more than 2,000 children who are deaf or hearing impaired. The organisation is recognised as a world leader in the field of Listening and Spoken Language early intervention, providing families with assistance to develop their child’s speech, so they can reach their full potential.

The Shepherd Centre relies heavily upon fundraising and donations to support the more than 470 Australian families who turn to them for help each year. The services cost nearly $20,000 per year per child and the funds donated help give deaf and hearing impaired children access to critical services. More information:

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