For the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year, almost 600 Australians were recognized for their contribution to their respective communities.
The 565 Australian recipients from all walks of life were awarded with either one of the four available awards. These are the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), the Member of the Order of Australia (AM), the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
Among those who have been bestowed with the honors include an Australian pop star, as well as artists, governors, indigenous leaders, sporting heroes, philanthropists and law enforcers, according to ABC News.
One of those recipients is Kate Ceberano, who received an AM honor for her contributions to charity as well as the performing arts.
The singer has raised money for causes including children’s hospitals and breast cancer foundations in the country.
Andrew Scipione, New South Wales police commissioner, received the prestigious AO award. The officer has led the police force of the state for almost a decade, with a complete focus on counter-terrorism. They’ve stopped several terrorist attacks in the past.
Nyunggai Warren Mundine has been awarded the AO award for his devotion in improving the lives of indigenous Australians for more than 35 years.
Hieu Van Le was a refugee who fled the Vietnam War with his wife by boat and sailed all the way to Darwin Harbor back in the 1970s.
Now, he is the governor of South Australia, and has been awarded the AC award, one of the highest honors available in the country, for his role in including the multicultural group in the community, according to the Courier Mail.
John Bertrand was awarded the AM honor for his services to sports administration, specifically in swimming, as well as higher education, mentoring younger sports people and child welfare.
Iain Murray, a professor in Western Australia, was awarded the AM for his work in helping people who are blind and visually impaired to get jobs in industries that are technology-based.
Another recipient, flute teacher Elizabeth Koch, was also awarded with the AM award for her services to music. This is her second award, as she was awarded an OAM award 10 years ago.
Hotel magnate Peter Hurley, who owns and operates 10 hotels with his wife in South Australia, was honored the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services in promoting tourism and hospitality as well as various health enterprises.
Builder John Thomas was given the AM honor for his contribution to the building and construction industry in South Australia and Colin Raston was honored with the AO award for his services to science.