Media Release: Significant increase in nominations and awards for women in the Order of Australia
11 June 2018

Following a campaign to honour more women in the community, the upcoming Queen’s Birthday Honours List shows a record 15% increase in female recipients compared to the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.

At the highest level – Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – 60% of all recipients are women (6 out of 10). This is the first time women have outnumbered men at any level in an Australian honours list.

While the community can always recognise more women, the numbers are trending in the right direction.

Honours nominations of women are on the rise:

  •  34% of the nominations considered for the current Honours list were of women, up from 31.8% for the Australia Day 2018 list;
  • Nominations of women are 72% higher than five years ago, and 63% higher than the five year average;
  • Over the long-term, women have comprised around 30% of all nominations. In the year to 30 April 2018, women comprised 38% of all nominations received. The community should see this trend for higher numbers of women recipients continue when these new nominations are considered;
  • The success rate for nominations of women was 77.6% for the 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours list. This was 10% higher than the success rate for men and continues the long-term trend for nominations of women being more successful than those for men.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret), and Lady Cosgrove, and the members of Council for the Order of Australia continue to encourage more nominations for women. The Governor-General regularly promotes more nominations of women in his public engagements. The Australian Honours and Awards Branch is also in contact with government and non-government agencies, prompting initiatives aimed at lifting the proportion of women nominated.

It is now even easier to nominate someone for an honour in the Order of Australia. The Australian Honours and Awards Branch is simplifying the nomination process and in January this year launched a new electronic nomination form, making it quicker to complete and lodge a nomination. From implementation of the new nomination form on 26 January to 30 April, there was a 71% increase in nominations overall, compared to the same period in 2017.

To continue the record trend in nominations, the community needs to keep up momentum in nominating.