The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is delighted to welcome Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG as its new Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Lasek said today.
A recipient of the Victoria Cross, our nation's highest military honour, Mr Roberts-Smith's appointment was announced by the Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MP.
"During his outstanding 17 year career with the Australian military, Ben Roberts-Smith demonstrated incredible courage, leadership and selfless dedication," Mr Lasek said.
"Ben's passion for our nation, his energy and drive make him a great choice to lead our organisation and future planning for our national day and the prestigious Australian of the Year Awards.
"Australia Day and the Australian of the Year Awards continue to go from strength to strength and provide a great opportunity for our nation to celebrate our freedom, diversity and achievement. Ben will be a great asset to the NADC as we look to continue to grow our programs into the future."