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Notable names to receive recognition include mining magnate Gina Rinehart, cook and author Maggie Beer, former Commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Shane Fitzsimmons, actress Deborra-Lee Furness and singer Delta Goodrem.
In the general division, 47 per cent of the recipients were women, a record number despite still being below the 50 per cent mark.
“Congratulations to the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List. Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the strength and diversity of Australia,” Governor-General David Hurley said in a statement.
The oldest living recipient of an Australia Day honour this year is 99, and the youngest is 17.
While most of the recipients do their good work out of the limelight, here are some of the familiar names getting high honours.
Member in the General Division (AM)
Among the recipients of the Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) is singer and actress Delta Goodrem.
The honour notes her work as the founder of the Delta Goodrem Foundation as well as with various cancer and children’s hospital charities.
Also getting an AM is basketball star Patty Mills.
He was also recognised for his philanthropy and work in the indigenous community, as well as his basketball prowess.
Formula One star Daniel Riccardo was also given an AM.
Olympic champion Emma McKeon was awarded an AM for her service to swimming.
McKeon won four gold medals and three bronzes at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
Officer in the General Division (AO)
Beloved cook and author Maggie Beer has been given an AO for her contribution to the tourism and hospitality industries, and to aged welfare.
Also getting an AO is NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.
Mr Fitzsimmons was a constant presence during the 2019 and 2020 bushfires that ravaged the state.
Actress Deborra-Lee Furness was given an AO for her work as an adoption advocate as well as other work for charities.
Mining tycoon Gina Rinehart received an AO for distinguished service to the mining industry, as well as other philanthropic activities.
Media mogul John Hartigan received an AO for his contribution to media, indigenous welfare and sport.