Chief Minister Gallagher has made it known that the ACT Australians of the Year are:
- — ACT Australian of the Year for 2012 – recently retired Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC.
Air Chief Marshal Houston has been an exemplary role model and servant to the nation during his six years service as defence force chief before retiring in July this year,” the Chief Minister said.
“He has also been an inspirational role model as a father with his son Robert recently saying that he had always been a good example of how to be a man and how to be a father
— ACT Senior Australian of the Year – Ms Betty Churcher AO.
best known for her role as director of the National Gallery of Australia. Ms Churcher has been a role model for women for many years. As a painter in her own right, Ms Churcher has dedicated much of her working life to making art accessible and relevant to the public.
— ACT Young Australian of the Year – Dr Sam Prince.
entrepreneur, medical doctor and philanthropist. At the age of 21, Dr Prince established the franchise, Zambrero Fresh Mex Grill and later created the E-magine Foundation. Through this not-for-profit group Sam uses his business ventures to fund projects that deliver health and education resources to Indigenous Australians and developing countries.
— ACT Local Hero – Ms Julie Tongs.
a Wiradjuri woman, who for over 20 years has excelled in advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Julie is CEO of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Canberra. Julie is a role model for her community and for mainstream Australia, with her vision and energy providing for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT and region.