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The Australian of the Year nominations

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Here's who has been nominated for 2016 Australian of the Year.

The latest Australian of the Year is due to be crowned, with nominees ranging from the former chief of army to a nurse who worked with Ebola victims in Africa.

Last year's winner, domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, will pass on the baton on Monday to one of eight finalists from around the country.

Among them are former chief of army David Morrison - who led a campaign against sexism in the force - and former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

Diversity advocate and transgender woman Catherine McGregor, who once worked for Mr Morrison as his speech writer, represents Queensland for her leadership in the transgender community and promotion of diversity.

"If we're a source of hope and inspiration to Australia, that makes me feel incredibly empowered," she told AAP.

The finalists were welcomed to Canberra on Sunday evening at a reception hosted by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove at Government House.

"The Australian of the Year awards are a way for all Australians to say to some remarkable people, thank you," he told the finalists on Sunday.

"Thank you for making this great nation a better place."

Eight finalists from four categories, including young and senior Australian of the Year, met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a morning tea at the Lodge on Monday.

Ms Broderick says she's humbled, excited and honoured to be involved in the awards.

"For me, it's about embracing equality, making sure that equality lies at the heart of the nation," she told AAP.

John Greenwood, a burns surgeon who represents South Australia, has developed innovative skin substitutes to help burn patients.

For him, the main honour is representing his state.

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"To actually have somebody who thought it would be a good representative for South Australia is absolutely unbelievable," he told AAP.

"It makes you really proud but really humble at the same time, so it's sort of a dichotomy of feelings."

For Anne Carey, a nurse and midwife who flew to Sierra Leone to help control the Ebola crisis, a win on Monday would give her a platform to promote the courage to be kind.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on the lawns of Canberra's Parliament House on Monday evening, followed by a live performance by Australian rock favourite Jimmy Barnes.

Ms Batty, who will give her valedictory speech on Monday, has spent the past two years campaigning to end family violence after her 11-year-old son Luke was violently killed by his father at cricket training in Melbourne.

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VICTORIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Julian McMahon. Barrister and human rights advocate and fierce opponent of the death penalty.

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Jack Charles. Indigenous elder, member of the Stolen Generation, role model and one of Australia's most respected actors.

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Robert Gillies. A co-founder of Homeless of Melbourne.

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HEROES

Rebecca Scott. The founder of STREAT, a social enterprise business model that provides hospitality training for homeless and at risk youth

NT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Will MacGregor. Youth worker who runs a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Alice Springs.

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR Bob Shewring. Campaigner for the repatriation of the remains of Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR Benjamin Masters. Musician who supports Darwin's local music scene by setting up all-ages, drug and alcohol-free gigs.

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HEROES David Taylor. Provides meals for Darwin's homeless and mentoring for at-risk people.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR.

Dr John Greenwood AM. Burns surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital honoured for his development of innovative skin substitute products

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Monica Oliphant AO. Scientist recognised for her pioneering research into photovoltaics and renewable energy

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR.

Arman Abrahimzadeh. White Ribbon Ambassador who has worked to support victims of domestic violence after his mother Zahra was murdered by her husband.

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO

Claire Foord. Established Still Aware to raise awareness of stillbirth after her daughter Alfie was stillborn at full term.

QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Catherine McGregor AM. The Former Lieutenant Colonel who became an advocate and leader of transgender community after transitioning in 2012

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Tim Fairfax AC. The successful businessman who founded the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, which has given more than $16 million since 2008 to community-based arts, music and sporting projects in regional Australia

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett. The co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile laundry van service intended to help the homeless

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO

Michael Ross. The Olkola man appointed by elders to lead people of Cape York in fight for land rights.

NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Elizabeth Broderick. Former sex discrimination commissioner.

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Gordian Fulde. St Vincent's emergency department director who has campaigned against drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Melissa Abu-Gazaleh. Young men's health advocate and founder of the Top Blokes Foundation.

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO

Catherine Keenan. Co-founder of the Sydney Story Factory which helps thousands of primary and high school students express themselves through writing and storytelling.

TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Jane Hutchinson - environmental conservation

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Professor Ian Allison - climate science as a glaciologist

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Zac Lockhart - 20-year-old ambassador for the homeless

LOCAL HERO

Raymond Arnold - acclaimed artist who has turned the remote mining town of Queenstown into an arts hub

WA's AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Anne Carey. Australian Red Cross aid worker, who worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Graham Edwards. The veterans' advocate, former federal parliament MP and RSL state president

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Catherine Hughes. Became and immunisation campaigner when her one-month-old baby died from whooping cough.

LOCAL HERO

Stephen Langford. Royal Flying Doctor Service medical director

ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

David Morrison. Former Chief of the Army who worked to end sexism in the force.

SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Professor Greg Tegart. Advocate for technologies to help aged and disabled people gain independence and a better quality of life.

YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

NIPUNI WIJEWICKREMA. Runs a floristry business to create employment for people with special needs.

AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO

PETER CURSLEY. After the death of his newborn baby daughter and wife he established the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation and has raised $4 million for the Canberra Hospital.

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