The Australian of the Year Awards Council has confirmed that journalist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been shortlisted as one of four state finalists for the 2015 Young Australian of the Year category, representing her home state of Queensland.

Born in Sudan, Yassmin moved to Australia when she was two and since then has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place.

She was still in high school when, in 2007 at the age of 16, she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community and on various state and federal councils. That came off the back of her founding the non-government organisation Youth Without Borders, a group focused on enabling young people to work together for the implementation of positive change within their communities.

In 2010, she was named Young Queenslander of the Year, and a year later she was shortlisted for one of the country’s highest national honours, the Young Australian of the Year. Incredibly, this year’s nomination sees her join the ranks of a select group of people to be two-time nominees.

Yassmin has also forged a hybrid career as an mechanical engineer, social advocate and media commentator – with numerous print publications and appearances on Australian and international radio and TV – and she is a sought-after candidate for state and federal councils.

Yassmin has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the recent 2014 Youth G20 Summit.

And when she’s not doing all of that, she’s carving out a potential future career as a motorsport journalist for, and this year achieved international media accreditation by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), motorsport’s global governing authority.

A role model to many, Yassmin has been recognised with many awards. More recently, she was named the Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s inaugural ’100 Women of Influence’ Awards and named one of 2014′s ‘Young Business Leaders’ by In The Black magazine, Australia’s most widely-read monthly business publication.

Her achievements across a number of fields provide positive proof that hard work, resilience and self-belief can reap rewards, regardless of gender, faith or cultural background. We couldn’t be prouder to have her as part of our incredible team and for this latest recognition.

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About the Australian of the Year Awards

Founded in 1960, the Australian of the Year Award has been awarded as part of the celebrations surrounding Australia’s national holiday, Australia Day (26 January), during which time the award has grown steadily in significance to become Australia’s preeminent award.

The ‘Young Australian of the Year’ Award was a companion category launched in 1979 to recognise those aged 16 to 30 who are outstanding and exceptional young Australians.

The Awards operates at two levels – state/territory and national.  State and territory selection committees select four finalists for each award category, with one of these finalists becoming the state/territory award recipient.  State/territory award recipients then become the national finalists for the awards.

The prestigious year round program culminates in the announcement of the national award recipients in Canberra on Australia Day Eve.

The Australian of the Year Awards is a program of the National Australia Day Council. For more information, visit the Australian of the Year website.

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