2016 Award Winners

The Western Australian of the Year Awards recognise the highest level of contribution made to Western Australia by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make this State their home.

There are seven Award categories and a winner is chosen for each. The overall Western Australian of the Year Awards winner is chosen from amongst the Award category winners.

2016 Winner

The overall Western Australian of the Year Award celebrates the outstanding achievement of an inspirational Western Australian.

The winner in 2016 is Adrian Fini OAM.

Category Award Winners

Aboriginal Award proudly sponsored by Wesfarmers
Recognises excellence in professional and/or personal achievements and contributions to the Western Australian community and recognition as an inspirational role model for the Aboriginal community.

The 2016 Aboriginal Award winner is:
Rishelle Hume

Arts & Culture Award proudly sponsored by Woodside
Recognises excellence in achievement and/or significant contribution to the development, promotion and profiling of Arts & Culture disciplines in Western Australia.

The 2016 Arts & Culture Award winner is:
Warwick Hemsley

Business Award proudly sponsored by Telstra
Recognises excellence in business leadership, social entrepreneurship or innovation resulting in major social or economic impact for the betterment of Western Australian industry and economy.

The 2016 Business Award winner is:
Adrian Fini OAM

Community Award proudly sponsored by Alcoa of Australia
Recognises excellence in commitment to – and contribution towards – improving the quality of lives in the Western Australian community.

The 2016 Community Award winner is:
Dr John van Bockxmeer

Professions Award proudly sponsored by St John of God Health Care
Recognises excellence resulting in major social, scientific or economic impact at a state, national or international level.

The 2016 Professions Award winner is:
Professor Arlene Chan

Sport Award proudly sponsored by Hardy Brothers Jewellers
Recognises excellence in achievement, development, administration or promotion of sport in the Western Australian community.

The 2016 Sport Award winners are:
Caitlin Bassett
Nathan Fyfe

Youth Award proudly sponsored by BHP Billiton
Recognises excellence in commitment to citizenship, mentoring, leadership and artistic pursuits resulting in a positive impact on the lives of others at a state, national or international level.

The 2016 Youth Award winner is:
Ashlee Harrison