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Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

June 12th, 2019

We congratulate all Philanthropy Australia members who were recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours released on Monday. In the higher level of orders – Officer of the Order of Australia – several noted philanthropists were recognised

Nicola Forrest, who with husband Andrew were 2018‘s Leading Philanthropists, was recognised for her “distinguished service to the community through philanthropic support for education and the arts, to business and to the community’’. Nicola is co-founder and director of the Minderoo Foundation in Western Australia, and a noted patron and supporter of the arts and culture. 

Carol Schwartz already has an Order of Australia for her achievements in business and commerce and the new award is for ‘’distinguished service to the community as a supporter for women in leadership roles, to social justice advocacy and to business.’’ Carol is founding chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, chair of Our Community and founder of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women, and a member of the Reserve Bank board, in addition to numerous other board positions. Along with her husband Alan and their four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation that invests in social enterprises that range from the arts to innovation.

Rosie Batty was also recognised “for distinguished service to the community as a campaigner and advocate for the prevention of family violence.’’

University of Adelaide vice-chancellor and professor Peter Rathjen was also made an Officer of the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to higher education through senior administrative roles, and as a scientist and medical researcher.’’

Many other Philanthropy Australia members have been recognised for their outstanding work in other categories of the honours’ list. For the full list, go to:

International Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funder: Accenture (Australia and New Zealand)

For-purpose: Good Return

Award partners: Australian International Development Network and the Australian Council for International Development 


Community Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funders: Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation

For-purpose: Kids Thrive

Award partners: Australian Communities Foundation, Australian Community Philanthropy, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal & Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.