2022 WA Australian of the Year Awards recipients announced

  • 5 November 2021

2022 WA Australian of the Year – Paul Litherland

2022 WA Senior Australian of the Year – Janice Standen

2022 WA Young Australian of the Year – Kendall Whyte

2022 WA Local Hero – Craig Hollywood


The 2022 WA Australian of the Year Awards were announced last night (Thursday 4 November 2021) in a glittering Awards Ceremony at the Westin Hotel, Perth.

The evening began with an exclusive VIP pre-function where finalists were congratulated and presented with their certificates by the Governor of WA, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC.

Finalists, Alumni and Awards supporters then enjoyed the Chevron Australia Welcome Reception, with words from Auspire CEO, Morgen Lewis, and Mark Hatfield, Managing Director of Chevron Australia, the National Diversity and Inclusion Partner of the Australian of the Year Awards. All guests then took to their seats to get ready for the live announcements while enjoying a delicious three-course meal.

The evening’s host, Geoff Hutchison, took to the stage to introduce Senior Wadjuk Elder, Theo Kearing, and his family, who gave a mesmerising performance of traditional Aboriginal dance and Welcome to Country. Erin Hickey sang the National Anthem and Auspire Chairman, Bradley Woods, thanked everyone for attending.

Geoff then welcomed the Honourable Kim Beazley AC to announce the four recipients of the 2022 WA Australian of the Year Awards. To find out more about them, click here.

These four inspiring individuals will join those from the other states and territories for the national awards to be announced on 25 January 2022.

Mr Bradley Woods, Chairman of Auspire – Australia Day Council WA, congratulated the recipients on making history.

“The four recipients have earned their place alongside an impressive and distinguished list of past Australian of the Year recipients. We thank them for their dedication and contribution to our State and Nation,” said Mr Woods.

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand added her congratulations to the award recipients who now go on to be national finalists.

“The WA award recipients have taken action where they’ve seen a need and are advocating to improve the lives of others,” said Ms Brand. “They are using their skills, their influence or their own experiences to provide support and to make a real difference. “We look forward to welcoming them to Canberra for the national awards in January.”

View the official photos from the night here and watch the entire Awards Ceremony here. For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit

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