More women receiving Australian Honours

More women receiving Australian Honours

Government It's an Honour
Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Do you know a woman who has wowed you? Nominate her today via the online nomination form.

For the first time ever more women than men received the highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)—six women and four men. 30 women (44%) also received the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Women now make up 37.1% of all Order of Australia award recipients.

Women’s representation in the number of nominations being made to the Order of Australia is also increasing—up from a long term average of 30% to 38% in the twelve months to 30 April 2018.

It’s great to see progress being made but we need to keep up momentum. With your help, we can increase women’s representation across all categories for Australian Honours. After all, women represent 50.2 per cent of our population.

The 289 women honoured in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List have contributed to our society and economy in a range of ways, from pioneering medical research and practice to grass-roots support in building communities and community organisations. Some of these women include:

  • Jill Bilcock AC, honoured for her eminent service to the Australian motion picture industry as a film editor. Ms Bilcock was editor on a range of iconic Australian films, including ‘Dogs in Space’, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, ‘The Dish’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Red Dog’ and ‘The Dressmaker’ and many others
  • Susan Butler AO, the inaugural editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, honoured for her service as a lexicographer and author
  • Sister Joan Evans AO, who, following her retirement from teaching in 1991, worked in the slums of Bangkok from 1992 to 1997
  • Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop AO, Professor of Physics at the University of Queensland, awarded for her distinguished service to laser physics and nano-optics
  • Linda Crebbin AM, honoured for her significant service to the law and the legal profession, who devoted most of her career to work involving family violence and children
  • Julie Dolan AM, one of Australian most passionate women footballers, honoured for her significant service to football
  • Judith Anictomatis OAM, honoured for her service to women in the Northern Territory, after more than 30 years’ involvement with the Country Women’s Association of the Northern Territory

Australia’s system of honours doesn’t rely on government, big business or the professions for nominations. Every one of these recipients’ journey to recognition was started by one individual.

We need your help: complete the online nomination form to nominate a woman today.